There is Nothing That isn’t Instantly Boring

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 26, 2016

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

One day after the latest murder-by-machete by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, two more people are hacked to death: Xulhaz Mannan, editor of the country's only LGBT magazine and former US Embassy employee, along with his friend and colleague Tanay Mojumdar. This has prompted responses from John KerrySen. Ben Cardin, and the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat.

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The Cascading House

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 25, 2016

My three previous blogs—including the last one, “Dispelling a Ghost at Fallingwater,” the stunning accomplishment of architect Frank Lloyd Wright—are the fruits of a long weekend with my wife Diana to Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, celebrating our 2016 anniversary. Here is one more, a poem about Fallingwater written in a style I have developed and call improvisational rhyming. (It is perhaps most effective when read aloud.)

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Green Eggs and Shame

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 25, 2016

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

This'll have to be a quick one, folks, because I'm in Amherst, NY today to see my coworkers (imagine that) for something like Team Building Exercise '99 (not really) at CFI–Transnational Cosmic Headquarters, or as I refer it, the Meatball Mothership™. 

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Dispelling a Ghost at Fallingwater

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 22, 2016

Is Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater—built 1936–1939 as the home of Edgar J. Kaufmann, president of Kaufmann’s Department Stores—actually haunted, perhaps by the ghost of his wife Liliane?

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He Was Tryin’ to Rest, Y’all

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 22, 2016

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

So, Prince. I don't have anything of use to say about him on this particular blog, but there is one thing about his death that actually falls right into the skepto-secular wheelhouse is that Prince has previously refused medical treatments due to his religious beliefs.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who last year introduced a resolution on the violence against religious minorities in Bangladesh that CFI supports, took to the House floor yesterday to shine a brighter light on the issue, warning that violence against atheists, secularists, and other religious minorities has "become a regular occurrence," and that we need to defend the right of free expression for everyone, even and especially those with whom we disagree.

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Sitting in the Kitchen, Making Things Up

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 21, 2016

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

CNN publishes an op-ed by me and Michael De Dora on Bangladesh's great shame: the prime minister and other officials blaming the murdered secularists for their own deaths because of their "filthy words." We write:

By reprimanding the victims of these attacks, and doing little to bring the killers to justice, the Bangladesh government is abandoning its commitments and implicitly encouraging the killings to continue.

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Where Spirituality Meets Narcissism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 20, 2016

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

Holy moly there's a lot going on today.  

Yesterday we announced a new member of our Board of Directors, Y. Sherry Sheng, a naturalist and organizer with a dizzying array of experiences in helping nonprofits get better at what they do. So she's a good get, is what I'm saying. 

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Beer-Stained Shroud

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 19, 2016

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

We have a must-read from Carrie Poppy at Skeptical Inquirer: an exposé of sorts of the inner working of Peter Popoff's televangelist operation, from a former employee.  

Point of Inquiry this week talks to journalist Tamar Wilner about another instance of a person who claims he can heal you and almost certainly can't, the case of Stanislaw Burzynski

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A Closer Look at Media Diversity: Should TV Reflect Reality?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
April 18, 2016

Should TV characters reflect the demographics of their audiences? A closer look at two reports on minority characters offers insight. 

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They Might Be (Satan’s) Giants

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 18, 2016

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

Sarah Palin, promoting the science-denying documentary Climate Hustle, says Bill Nye is not a real scientist, which might be technically true, but is also beside the point. But Melanie Ehrenkranz at Mic says he actually is a scientist:

Nye, the science educator, television host and CEO of the Planetary Society and fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, where he also taught as a visiting professor. Nye worked at Boeing for years before becoming an entertainer. He is still an active scientist: Nye even developed sundials used in NASA's Mars rover missions. 

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