We Cause Suffering

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 16, 2017

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

Hi there.

I'm back after a fortnight's absence, having spent the time in Marin County, California at the Mesa Refuge, working on writer stuff. It was lovely, save for the smoke that became quite a thing as a result of those terrible fires. Please forgive the lateness of this post this morning, as I have a lot of catching up to do, and I'm still adjusting to East Coast time. So what's been going on? 

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RIDDLEculous XV

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 10, 2017

More funny riddles from a skeptical view.

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Burying the C.B.S.

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 04, 2017

An innocuous press release for a new book on Darwin raises some red flags.

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Blasphemy and Other “Hate Speech”

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 30, 2017

During my tenure as president and CEO—in 2009, to be precise—CFI established International Blasphemy Rights Day (September 30, in case you forgot). It’s one of the accomplishments I take some pride in.

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The West Palm Beach Killer Clown Case: A Closer Look

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 28, 2017

The mysterious 1990 killing of a Florida woman by someone dressed as a clown may finally be solved.

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Bigfoot Eyeshine: A Contradiction

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 28, 2017

The fabled North American man-beast, Bigfoot, continues to draw interest after two centuries of searching—despite the lack of a specimen and an utter absence of fossil evidence. Proponents continue to rely on such questioned evidence as photos and films, footprints, hair specimens, and the like.

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Refrigerator Magnets and Bouncy Balls

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 28, 2017

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

To start, I have some personal news that affects this blog-thing. Starting tomorrow, I'll be gone for two weeks as I head to California for a writer's retreat-fellowship-thing at the Mesa Refuge. Long story short, Rob Boston of Americans United was the first person to go to the Refuge as part of a new Free Thought Fellowship, and afterward he got to nominate the next person to go. So, in what I assume was a some drug-induced, delusional, manic state that probably included some frothing at the mouth, Rob nominated me. The Refuge folks agreed, and well, off I go...

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If They Are, They Are. If They’re Not, They’re Not.

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 27, 2017

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

Okay okay okay. We're all rationalists here, right? I mean, we all believe that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. WELL THEN. I SUBMIT TO YOU my extraordinary evidence that the End Times truly are upon us...

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Indirect and Brawny

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 26, 2017

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

Dearest Internet. I have found that the maxim "you just can't win" holds up remarkably well. It turns out that by merely pointing out the fact that some person holds some opinion about some thing, one has therefore implicitly endorsed that opinion -- on behalf of oneself and one's employer! That's right! Simply indicating that an opinion exists means that one is fully convinced by that opinion. How do I know this? From the Morally Superior and Righteously Aggrieved™ on Twitter, of course! And we know that they are never, ever wrong...

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Unless We’re Already Dead

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 25, 2017

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

As a short, awkward, nerdy aspie with no interest in sports, there have been few American institutions that I feel more alienated by than the National Football League. The grandiose NFL logo and the iconography of its franchises have always been, to me, shorthand for "turn back, Paul, lest thou be bullied." What a difference a weekend makes. Via Liz Clarke and Abby Phillip at the Post:

Some stood. Some kneeled. Some remained in the locker room, choosing to speak through their absence from the NFL’s pregame ceremonies, in which the American flag is displayed and the national anthem sung. But from London to Los Angeles, virtually all NFL players on the sidelines before kickoff of Sunday’s slate of 14 games locked arms with each other in response to President Trump’s three-day campaign demanding that team owners “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem and calling on fans to boycott games if the form of protest continued....

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