The Other Social Justice

by David R. Koepsell
June 21, 2016

How have shunning and ostracism been historically employed to deal with correcting social behaviors not covered by law, and what are some of their dangers, advantages, and limits?

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Angry Canadians

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

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

James Randi wants you to come to CSICon 2016, so much so that he's singing

On Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Michelle Vines about the experience of growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome, and discovering it as an adult...

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‘That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me!’ - chapter from my book, “The Philosophy Gym”

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
June 21, 2016

According to the relativist, people who speak simply of what’s ‘true’ are naïve. ‘Whose truth?’ asks the relativist. ‘No claim is ever true, period. What’s true is always true for someone. It’s true relative to a particular person or culture. There’s no such thing as the absolute truth on any issue.

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Ring Ding

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

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One of the men suspected of having killed Avijit Roy last year, one "Shariful," is killed in a gunfight with police.

Following the Brock Turner case, CFI President Ron Lindsay considers what punishment is actually sufficient for sexual assault, and concludes that Judge Persky was indeed too lenient...

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What Is the Proper Punishment for Sexual Assault?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 19, 2016

Before we decide what the proper sentence is in a particular criminal case, we should be able to explain what purpose the punishment serves.

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Vancouver’s “Haunted” Old Spaghetti Factory

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 17, 2016

The Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown—Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood—is reportedly a very haunted place, but you couldn’t prove it by me (see photo). The popular eatery, which opened in 1970 in a former grocery wholesalers at 53 Water Street, houses an old trolley car and assorted other artifacts and antiques. It is also, reportedly, home to no fewer than four ghosts, one that of the old tram conductor himself.

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Fishy Citations

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 17, 2016

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

There's just a lot of awful things in the news today, there's no way around it. I'll have funnier stuff down below, but I gotta tell you guys, sometimes this link-blog thing isn't the light, fun endeavor you'd want it to be. I'll just put the awful stuff up first, rip the band-aid off...

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I Am Not a Lizard!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 16, 2016

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

It's 6-16-16, which is of course the Mark of the Somewhat Hesitant Beast.

Police in Dhaka arrest a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team said to have been involved in the attempt on the life of secularist publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul. Also, a Hindu teacher in Bangladesh is attacked by knife-wielding assailants in his home, but survives, and is now in critical condition.

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A Semi-Reputable Curiosity

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 15, 2016

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

Without naming him (other than referring to "politicians who tweet"), President Obama gets hot under the collar over Trump's anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stances. 

The raids in Bangladesh to stop the machete attacks have resulted in over 11,000 people being rounded up, only 145 are said to be "Islamic militants," the rest, well, it's not clear, but the opposition party says it's their own people being targeted. Something is very fishy about this. 

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There Are a Lot of People

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 14, 2016

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

Michael De Dora is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, discussing the crisis in Bangladesh and his work with at the UN. 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expresses his concern over the Bangladesh crisis, and the Daily Star notes CFI's role in bringing attention to the issue. 

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