Levitation Claims: An Interview with Michael Grosso

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 29, 2016

Can people levitate? Michael Grosso, author of The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation, thinks so. I'm... skeptical. 

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Grand Theft Auto: Pale Blue Dot

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 29, 2016

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Another terrorist attack, this time at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. At least 41 dead, more wounded, at the hands of three attackers with automatic weapons and suicide vests. Turkish officials point to the Islamic State, but they have not claimed responsibility. 

The Supreme Court lets stand a Washington state law that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense medications on religious grounds. That's good!

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Space Ambulance

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 28, 2016

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The Supreme Court strikes down Texas's cynical and draconian HB2, which would have forced the closure of most of the state's abortion clinics. It's, to abbreviate the vice-president, a B.F.D. Our boss said:

We are delighted that the Supreme Court saw through this transparent attempt to effectively ban abortion, an attempt propped up by manufactured pseudoscience. The legal right to an abortion is meaningless without reasonable access to abortion services, and this cynical move to cut off that access has been shown for what it is: the imposition of religious dogma on Americans’ lives. 

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Cosmopolitanism and its Enemies

by David R. Koepsell
June 27, 2016

The cosmopolitan ideal embraces our shared humanity as primary. More important than states, ideologies, religions, culture or ethnicity, the cosmopolitan human is a citizen of the world, and above all seeks to be in it rather than shy away from it. 

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Blessing Weapons

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 27, 2016

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CFI's Michael De Dora appears in this new documentaryDefending Shia Rights: Mission to the UN, around the 22-minute mark, speaking specifically about Saudi Arabia. 

Make sure you catch up on the previous fortnight of CFI activity with the latest issue of Cause & Effect

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Brexit, Pursued by a Bear

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 24, 2016

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A slim majority of the British people vote to leave the European Union and David Cameron says he will step down, for as a supporter of remaining in the EU, he does not believe he is the person to "captain the ship" at this point. Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't too keen on this whole idea, and we may have a Not-So-United Kingdom shortly. The British pound quickly devalues, and the Dow plunges almost 500 points. Oh, and Trump is over there right now. 

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RIDDLEculous XI

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 23, 2016

More funny riddles from a skeptical view.

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It Was the Monstrous Ugliness

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 23, 2016

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The House Democrats continue their sit-in on the House floor, led by the amazing John Lewis, trying to move the very, very heavy needle on gun control. The House GOP had the TV cameras turned off for much of the night, so Democrats resorted to Periscope and Facebook Live to continue broadcasting their protest. Complicating matters is that the specific bill the Democrats are trying to get a vote on is one that would stop people on the FBI's no-fly list from buying a gun, but of course the no-fly list is rife with its own problems. But I guess from the Democrats' perspective, the GOP has not only moved the goal posts on gun control, they've airlifted the goal posts to another field entirely. What a time to be alive, folks.

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Why ‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’ Are Vastly Overrated

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
June 23, 2016

'Faith' and 'hope' are feel-good words with a built-in rosy glow. People who have faith and hope are held up for our admiration and emulation. We are encouraged to be like them - to believe that, ultimately, all will be well. But don't place faith and hope at the top of your list of virtues, and be very wary of those who say you should.

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It’s Going to Be Worse

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

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

Yesterday we announced a big change to our membership program, a change that makes things way easier and more, like, cosmic. Marc Kreidler from our web team made this awesome graphic which really justifies the whole thing. 

Naga Munchetty of BBC's Sunday Morning Live interviews Richard Dawkins (who's looking so much better) about how he came to reject religion, the means by which he criticizes belief, and mortality. Also of note: Dawkins was serious about not matching his socks. #revolution

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