Asking For a Friend

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 04, 2016

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

Yes, yes, May the 4th be with you, and all that, except that your eyes, nor your ears, are deceiving you. Donald Trump really will be the nominee of the Republican Party. And you will be saying "Merry Christmas." YOU WILL. (However, Hillary Clinton may now be the most religious candidate running for president, if you don't count Kasich, and I don't, and really you shouldn't count Bernie either because math, and whatever, I welcome your hate.)

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Unco Junto: The Myth of the ‘National Conversation’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 03, 2016

Ben Radford and three invited guests (David Koepsell, Robert Blaskiewicz, and Celestia Ward) offer their takes on the topic: Does a 'national conversation' exist, and if so, what is its nature?  First in a series.

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Making the Future What it Once Was

by David R. Koepsell
May 03, 2016

At the core of our humanism must be a hope and drive to better ourselves and our world. Our popular culture has embraced apocalyptic views, but we can strive to overcome them and reclaim the future we once dreamed we could create. Only we can bring meaning to this existence, and that requires us to reject defeatism and doomsaying, and to ask the question: can we fix it?

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Spiral Further Downward

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 03, 2016

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

In Skeptical Inquirer, Sadri Hassani delves into Deepak Chopra's notions of "quantum healing," and points out how Chopra at first had leaned on the ideas of a particular Indian guru, references to whom disappear in later editions of Chopra's book. "Deepak Chopra’s professionalism in the writing of Quantum Healing is of such a low quality that it borders on charlatanism."

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Dealing with Little Green Men

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 02, 2016

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

Nobel Prize winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and a longtime friend to CFI and the freethought movement, has died at the age of 76. I met him once at my first CFI conference as a new employee in 2012, where I found he had used one of my blog posts in his presentation. I was bowled over by that. He was a lot of fun to listen to, very energetic, and funny. Richard Dawkins posts a remembrance...

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Crop Circles and Vibrational Resonance: A Link?

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

I was recently contacted by a person who had seen an online video about patterns created by salt on a vibrating metal plate and asked my opinion about whether they could explain crop circles. 

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Weblog of Enlightenment

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

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

So dig this, we released our big annual Progress Report yesterday, and it's a great way to get an overview of all the bazillion things CFI works on, and I bet there'll be things in there that'll make you go, "Whoa, I didn't know they did THAT TOO! What a crazy-great organization!" Go see.

This is fascinating. At CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Stuart Vyse details how Apple may (inadvertantly?) be helping to fund and promote pseudoscience through a particular autism treatment, "Rapid Prompting Method," or RPM...

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Memories of a Sea Slug

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

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

Yemeni atheist Omar Mohammad Bataweel is abducted by Islamic militants and shot, reportedly for his outspoken nonbelief.

Ranbir Singh Sidhu at VICE says the recent murders in Bangladesh point to a troubling "broadening of the targets," writing, "Now it seems almost any marginal voice in Bangladesh, whether an intellectual or activist, is a potential target." (Whoever wrote the headline for this piece must be Captain Obvious. "Bangladesh Needs to Sort Out Its Rampant Machete Attack Problem." You think???)

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His Holiness Teddy Ruxpin

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

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

On Point of Inquiry this week, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Rebecca Traister about the subject of her new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Maajid Nawaz, writing at The Daily Beast, leads with, "There really is no other way to put this. Free thinkers in Bangladesh are being serially hacked to death in their homes."

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Islamophobia and antisemitism: What is, and what isn’t, bigoted?

The Outer Limits with Stephen Law
April 27, 2016

Where lies the boundary between criticism of Islam and Islamophobia? Where lies the boundary between criticism of Israel and antisemitism?

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