The Morning Heresy 8/30/12: Swedish Space Ghost

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 30, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

I have a chat with Anthony Pratkanis, "Master of the Noosphere," about the topic of his upcoming CSICon presentation on fraud. I hope he wasn't trying to pull a fast one on me.  

Council for Secular Humanism rebuts a misleading statement from a religious advocacy group that falsely claims that religious groups' ability to provide emergency aid in times of disaster are at risk in Florida.

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Anthony Pratkanis Has a Bridge in Brooklyn He’d Like to Stop You from Buying

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
August 29, 2012

His students have known him as “Master of the Noosphere,” but we know him as Anthony Pratkanis, a world-renowned expert on persuasion and influence and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Prof. Pratkanis will be among the incredible team of speakers at CSICon in Nashville this October, and CFI’s Paul Fidalgo talked to him about what led him to the main topic of his presentation at CSICon: how and why we get bamboozled by con artists.

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‘Violence Against Women Act’ stalled over Inhuman Politics

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 29, 2012

While conventions fiddle around, human rights go unprotected.

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The Morning Heresy 8/29/12: Bibles Left Unthumped

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 29, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Did you watch any of the GOP convention last night? I sure did. I have thoughts about it, of course, but one thing relevant to this blog is how little I heard from the theocratic wing of the party. Very little, at least from the main speakers, about God or Jesus or what have you. Indeed, I only heard Mormonism mentioned once, by Ann Romney about her courtship with Mitt. Even Santorum was light on the fire and brimstone (but, shall we say, heavy-handed). Mike Huckabee comes on tonight, so, we may see some Bibles thumped yet. 

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Atheist Will Give Tulsa Council “Prayer”

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 29, 2012

The good news: the Tulsa, Oklahoma, city council will have its opening invocation given by an atheist in place of the usual prayer by some community cleric. The bad news?

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“ParaNorman”  (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 28, 2012

The new animated movie, ParaNorman, is rated PG, meaning “Parental Guidance suggested.” However, I would recommend a different rating: RIP.

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The Morning Heresy 8/28/12: Adam Curry Breaks My Heart

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 28, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Rebecca Watson chats up Ron Lindsay about CSICon for CSI, in which Ron promises not to scare anyone as a Latin American dictator. Rebecca also touts her Paranormal Roadtrip to CSICon, asks for directions. 

Following his post on Athiesm+, Ophelia Benson wants to make clear to Ron:

Speaking for myself . . . I don’t think of atheism+ as diverging from CFI. On the contrary, I think of CFI as pretty much the same kind of thing.

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Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/27/12: The Impossible Wrongness

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 27, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

After a week or so of all-Atheism+-all-the-time, CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes a step back and a deep breath, giving a careful, reasoned look at this burgeoning idea.

Check out HuffPost Live today at 1pm EST to see Ron join the panel to talk about doing good without God in everyday life.  

Is Moby a CFI fan? Kinda looks that way

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Some Observations About Atheism Plus

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 27, 2012

WARNING: This post contains mild language, constructive criticism, occasional reasoning, and no invective (except by way of parody).

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