Bigfoot School

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 08, 2013

Life is continuing education, and in that spirit I keep seeking new experiences, tutelage, and personas. I achieved all of these on Saturday, April 27, 2013, by becoming a Bigfoot School Graduate and receiving my handsome Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot School Diploma—signed by several of the field’s luminaries. It now has an honored place next to my Ph.D. diploma and various forensics certificates.

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The Most Dangerous of All Possible Delusions

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 08, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Stop whatever you're doing. Like, don't even read the Heresy right now. Because Point of Inquiry has a special video edition this week with both hosts (swoon!) and! And! Guest Jared Diamond (double-swoon!), author of books like Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday. Go now! Click! Watch!

Oh, Sylvia Browne. Being a fake psychic is not paying off like it used to. After determining with her magical mind powers that kidnap victim Amanda Berry was dead, Browne isn't talking to anyone about how her super-magic-brain could have been so entirely, ridiculously, and thankfully wrong.

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Does Spiraling Sex Abuse Mean Gender Integration in the Military Has Failed?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 08, 2013

Usually when I blog here, I argue for something with great confidence and bluster. This time I'm just posing a question -- an uncomfortable question, but one that I'm amazed no one else seems to be asking. There's a vast sex abuse crisis in the U. S. military, with incident rates skyrocketing year to year. Might this mean that America's great experiment in creating a gender-neutral military has failed?

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Skeptical Commentary Following Tragedy: Exploitation or Education?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 08, 2013

Recent tragedies such as the Boston marathon bombing and the horrific case of three women rescued in Cleveland brought skeptical commentary highlighting the failure of psychics. However some people feel that skeptics should not comment on such events because it smacks of exploitation.

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Mostly False

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 07, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Whoa! Eugenie Scott is stepping down as head of NCSE! Oh no! 

Here's an interview I did with Scott before last year's CSICon. She was awfully nice.

PZ Myers declares his disaffiliation from the skeptic movement (so he is now only an atheist, and not what I call a "skepto-atheist"). Massimo Pigliucci will not miss him, but sees trouble within the movement:

I think the primary problem with the skeptic movement — of which I am and remain a proud member — is that too many people, both among the “leaders” and the rank-and-file, seem to be in it for the sheer pleasure of calling others out as idiots. 

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The Joy of Sects

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
May 06, 2013

Specifically – obviously – women (who are over ½ the U.S. population) have been getting screwed by religion since well before whatever fiction writer dreamt up the story of The Fall in Genesis. (There, Eve is forever blamed for original sin because she... what now? Ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Oh, please. If God were just, he would have given her a medal instead of kicking her out of the Garden.)

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Announcing Our New Intern: Ed Cara

by Point of Inquiry
May 06, 2013

You may have noticed an increase in our online output lately and that's mostly due to our awesome new intern, Ed Cara. Among other things, Ed is managing our social media presence. He's a welcome addition to the Point of Inquiry team and is at the very least going to explain to us how to Instagram our Vines, or whatever.

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I Just Squirm Untelegenically

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 06, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Washington Examiner interviews CFI chief Ron Lindsay on his beliefs regarding religious freedom:

On the one hand it's clear from our constitution the founders wanted the government to stay outside of church internal affairs. We don't want the government deciding who should be a bishop, don't want the government deciding religious dogma, etc. I definitely agree with that position...

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“Junkyard Ghost”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 03, 2013

As mentioned in a recent blog, I assisted with, and appeared on, an episode of MSNBC’s Caught on Camera, “Mysteries and Monsters” (April 21, 2013). It consisted of six videos or films of allegedly paranormal events, the probable solution to one of which I now treat at greater length.

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Blur Some of the Battle Lines

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 03, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

I was very proud to work under the skeptical-yet-welcoming glow of the Big Blue Meatball of CFI yesterday, as we and our allies held protests in cities around the world to raise awareness of, and demand action in response to, the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh. Things didn't turn out as we had hoped a couple of weeks ago, as a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh killed hundreds, and as a result, some groups went ahead with protests on the country's day of mourning, and others, including ours, postponed. So things were more thinly spread, but as a result, we got days and days of secular activists talking, tweeting, posting, and demonstrating against crackdowns on free expression. So while things did get a little confusing, and a little jumbled, what we did still mattered, and continues to matter. Thank you, sincerely, to everyone who made an effort.

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