Sun-Suckers

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 15, 2015

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

Stephen Law, our CFI–UK provost (because of course he deserves a fancier title than "director"), has two new pieces up. One is at Aeon magazine, where he explores why people are "remarkably prone to supernatural beliefs and, in particular, to beliefs in invisible agents." And at the CFI blog, he offers five ways atheists and the religious might find ways to constructively discuss their differences. Among them, he suggests that honesty is the best policy:

I for one would much rather understand what my intellectual opponent really believes about me than have them disguise it. After all, if a Christian really believes that, as an atheist, I am hell-bound, they surely have a moral duty to warn me.  

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Follow-up on a Ghost Investigation

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 14, 2015

I occasionally am contacted by people who have read my books and articles or seen me on TV and have follow-up questions. Here is a recent e-mail I got that touches on the practical aspects of ghost investigations. 

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How should the religious and atheists approach each other in discussion? Five morals.

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
December 14, 2015

Conclusion of a forthcoming chapter in a book (editor by others) on this theme.

 

 

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Perceive Something Threatening

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 14, 2015

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

CFI's Michael De Dora is the guest on the Friendly Atheist Podcast - I haven't listened yet, but I assume he didn't embarrass us or anything. 

195 countries sign on to historic climate change accords in Paris, promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Ensaf Haidar says her husband Raif Badawi is on a hunger strike, and tweets: “I call on his majesty King Salman to pardon my husband. Please unite my children with their father."

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Crispy Bug Balls

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 11, 2015

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

Rick Jervis at USA Today looks at the tent revival that is the Ted Cruz presidential candidacy.

Republicans courting the Jewish vote are facepalming over Trump's Trumpiness:

“The Jewish community, collectively, has that institutional memory, and institutional scars from previous events in history where a group based solely on religion was persecuted,” said Lee Cowen, a Republican strategist, adding that Trump was damaging the party. 

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The Blue Squiggly Line

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 10, 2015

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

Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear tells the court he's guilty, declares himself "a warrior for the babies." The San Bernardino killers, meanwhile, seem to have been planning an attack as far back as 2012.

There have been an alarming number of articles about Americans being awful to Muslims in the past couple of days. This woman lectured and then threw coffee at Muslims praying outside, and hit the guy filming her. In Queens, a Bangladeshi shopkeeper is beaten by a guy who allegedly says he was there to "kill Muslims." 

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Relieve Stress in Rats

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 09, 2015

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

Yesterday, we announced that Brian Engler has been elected the newest member of CFI's Board of Directors. Brian is a really good guy, and we are very lucky to have him. 

German chancellor Angela Merkel is named Time's Person of the Year

Bill de Blasio will sign into law a bill allocating almost $20 million in public funds for private and religious schools to hire security guards "to protect students in private and religious schools against bias attacks, school shootings and other forms of violence."

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Trumps, All the Way Down

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 08, 2015

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

I'm still sick, and if I can't whine about it to you, my devoted fellow heretics, well, then...I guess I probably shouldn't do it in the first place. But still.

Speaking of sick! Donald Trump, you might have heard, called for a ban on Muslims coming into the country. No, he really did! Other GOP candidates condemned him, even though, you know, they advocated barring Muslim (and all other non-Christian) refugees from coming into the country, so someone will have to explain to them that they're condemning themselves. I'll wait. As Hemant put it, it's Trumps, all the way down.

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Many God beliefs are empirically confirmable and refutable

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
December 07, 2015

The theologian John Milbank will be responding in a sort of back-and-forth over at the IAI website in January. This is a preview of my first post.

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Editing Perfect Humans Can Wait

by David R. Koepsell
December 07, 2015

A recent three-day conference in Washington DC focused on the ethics of "gene editing" technologies. The "stay-the-course" conclusion to continue to not experiment on viable human embryos and germline cells makes good scientific and ethical sense given the state of the art and our current knowledge on genetics.

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