Bitter Psychic?

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
May 24, 2012

So when the Dr. Phil Show called CFI looking for someone to represent the side skeptical of psychic claims, I was pleasantly surprised. John Edward, whom I’ve written about in Skeptical Inquirer, appeared on Dr. Phil this past January, and now they were doing another show with skepticism being represented.

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The Morning Heresy 5/24/12: Poke Your Dog with Needles

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 24, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CFI chief Ron Lindsay looks at the real implications of victory for the Catholic Church's legal action against the Department of Health and Human Services, using a possible news headline of the future about a hypothetical Supreme Court case to make a troubling point (and Roberts and Thomas don't come out looking so great).

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What If The Catholic Church Wins?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 23, 2012

As you probably know, on Monday, a number of organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church, including various organizations that provide secular services, filed suit in several federal courts around the country. The lawsuits maintain that HHS has violated the First Amendment rights of these organizations by requiring them to include within their employees’ health care plans coverage for contraceptive care. Although these coordinated lawsuits smell like a publicity stunt — the lawsuits are premature since the regulation is not in effect — we should consider what the precedential effect would be of a Church victory.

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The Morning Heresy 5/23/12: Your Bare Ankles Endanger My Immortal Soul

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 23, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

There's still a lot more digesting of the Women in Secularism conference in the atheosphere. One piece you're just going to have to read in its entirety is CFI chief Ron Lindsay's on his prime takeaway: we need more of these. I'm not going to blockquote it because you should read all of it. I know he's my boss and all, but it's true.

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We Can’t Stop Now

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 22, 2012

Based on my own experience—let alone the many favorable reactions we have received from attendees and speakers—I think we need to have another Women in Secularism conference. When, where, and other logistical items that go into conference planning need to be discussed and determined over the next few months (we may even change the name), but we have to have another.

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Who is still going to Church?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 22, 2012

Church-goers are now a minority group in America.

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The Morning Heresy 5/22/12: The Antidote

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 22, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

We're only at the beginning of The Great Content Generation I predicted would be spurred by the Women in Secularism conference. Here are a lot of great reactions from bloggers around the atheosphere. See yesterday's Heresy for more immediate roundups, and the Twitter hashtag #wiscfi continues to spring up with reactions, photos, and witticisms. 

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The Blob Ness Monster

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 21, 2012

Has Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster, best known from a 1934 photo that has since been revealed as an April Fool’s prank, once again been recorded—this time on sonar?

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The Morning Heresy 5/21/12: A Deep and Undulating Whoop

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 21, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Now that was a conference!

This was no egg-headed snoozer, this was no reiteration of why we like Darwin so much (not that there's anything wrong with those). The Women in Secularism conference was as fantastic, fulfilling, and enlightening an event as we could ever have hoped. Once a glimmer in Melody Hensley's eye, it brought together an excellent mix of thinkers and personalities that had everyone opening their eyes to new perspectives. (Oh, and Jennifer Michael Hecht gave a poetry reading -- how cool is that?) There's a lot already, as you'll see below, that's being said about this past weekend, and I'm sure it's only the beginning.  

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The Morning-ish Heresy 5/18/12: Bio-Adjusting Mattress

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 18, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Tonight marks the start of the much-talked-about Women in Secularism conference, and I have a feeling this is going to be an event that will really get the gears turning for folks in the movement. I suspect a lot of content generation will result.

 

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