There’s a Hole in My Giza

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 02, 2017

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Scott Pruitt, destroyer of worlds, gets his guidance for assembling his science advisory committees from the Bible:

In the book of Joshua there is a story about Joshua leading the people of Israel into the promised land after Moses passed away. And Joshua says to the people of Israel choose this day whom you’re going to serve. And I would say to you this is sort of like the ‘Joshua Principle’ that as it relates to grants to this agency, you are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or you can choose grants, but you cannot do both.

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Houdini’s Halloween Legacy

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 01, 2017

Halloween, the time of would-be goblins, is also celebrated by magicians and magic lovers as National Magic Day (part of National Magic Week, the last seven days in October). First called “Houdini Day,” it was initiated by the Society of American Magicians following the death of the great conjurer, escape artist, and nemesis of fake mediums, Harry Houdini, who died at age 52 on Halloween, 1926.

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Whiskey-Fueled Tirades

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 01, 2017

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In an ISIS-inspired attack that was both horrifying and weird, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov plowed a pickup truck down a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring eleven...

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A Gaggle of Grotesques

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 31, 2017

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Where am I? What year is it? Who let the dogs out?

CSICon 2017 came and went over the weekend, and it was quite an event, and I feel like the quality of presentations just keeps going up. I was blogging about presentations -- furiously! with great fury! -- over at CFI Live. So whether you couldn't make it or just want to read my ever-so-quirky perspective on the whole shebang, go check it out

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Lucy van Pelt FTW

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 24, 2017

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The Washington Post editorial board weighs in on the Alabama U.S. Senate race, saying that Roy Moore is "unfit to serve," a "contempt for the law," "mockery of his judicial oath," and calling him a "radical lawbreaker." That's all good, though I have a feeling that an editorial by the Washington Post will have less than a huge impact on the thinking of Alabama voters, the same ones that made Moore the state supreme court's chief justice.

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St. Padre Pio’s Relics Tour U. S.

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 23, 2017

Relics of Padre Pio—the late, alleged stigmatic—attracted the credulous faithful during two tours of the United States in 2017. The show was apparently good for business everywhere.

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Another Way for Nobodies

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 23, 2017

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The General Social Survey predicts that by 2035, "nones" will outnumber Protestants in the U.S. Allen Downey at Scientific American writes:

Religious beliefs are primarily determined by the environment people grow up in, including their family life and wider social influences. Although some people change religious affiliation later in life, most do not, so changes in the population are largely due to generational replacement. 

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Obliterating

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 20, 2017

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Happy 50th birthday, fake Bigfoot footage.

Smarmy-faced Nazi dirtbag Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida yesterday, and all but select journalists were kept from bringing anything like notebooks or writing utensils into the venue. Nonetheless, somehow the LA Times reports:

Spencer initially protested the boos as suppression of his speech but later began taking questions from audience members who variously asked why he hadn’t left yet or how he could form a white ethno-state without performing violent ethnic cleansing. 

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The ‘Science Can’t Explain!’ Fallacy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 19, 2017

When reading claims of baffled scientists and skeptics, remember: "Can't" isn't the same as "didn't try."

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Put Down That Placenta!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 19, 2017

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

Because I was gone for a while, the Cause & Effect newsletter is kind of long this week. Or rather, packed with awesomeness.

You gotta see this: David Cowan, a well known Silicon Valley venture capitalist and member of CFI's board, plays a version of himself in this fake documentary series taking a skeptical look at the tech startup culture, Bubbleproof. I did not know he could act, especially the whole "I'm uncomfortable and afraid to show it" shtick. Well done.

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