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The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 31, 2018

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

So I missed the State of the Union last night because I had a thing, and I suppose I could have watched it later, but you know, there are depths of self-loathing to which even I dare not descend. Seems to me that it was a lot of the same blah-blah-this-is-the-moment-he-becomes-president kind of sludge we always have to endure.

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Gwyneth’s Shifty Eyes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 30, 2018

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

CFI's Joe Nickell is headlining the University at Buffalo's Science and Art Cabaret on February 7, presenting a talk on paranormal investigation and "the art and craft of critical thinking." UB's John Massier says of Joe's appearance:

Joe Nickell's investigative and research pedigree is broad and gigantic, and his knowledge of the field extremely deep. We know his presentation will give great clarity to the tools of critical thinking and skepticism as used in considering subjects many often take at face value or believe in too readily. Our cabaret has always had an ongoing theme of the value of critical thinking, and we know Joe’s experiences and insight will give great texture to this theme. It should be a telling cue to our audience that Joe has placed the word ‘paranormal’ within quotations marks. True believers may have their belief systems challenged. 

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Snake-Filled Heads

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 29, 2018

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

This Wednesday, Bertha Vazquez kicks off the first webinar for the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), followed by another webinar the next day with Michael Ryan, author of A Taste for the Beautiful: Evolution by Attraction.

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World War Generation Z

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 26, 2018

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

The Science and Security Board for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moves the Doomsday Clock forward 30 seconds, giving us 2 minutes to the End of All Things. Lawrence Krauss and Robert Rosner write at the Post:

We believe that the perilous world security situation ... would, in itself, justify moving the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. But there also is a real threat posed by a fundamental breakdown in the international order that has been dangerously exacerbated by recent U.S. actions. In 2017, the United States backed away from its long-standing leadership role in the world, reducing its commitment to seek common ground and undermining the overall effort toward solving pressing global governance challenges. Neither allies nor adversaries have been able to reliably predict U.S. actions or discern between sincere U.S. pronouncements and mere rhetoric.

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A 230-year Parade of Unwell Men

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 25, 2018

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

Pope Fluffy, not sounding unlike Yoda, goes after fake news. Not Trump's bizarro version of #fakenews, but actual fake news:

Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. That is the end result of untruth. ... We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake-tactics’ used by those [purveyors of fake news] who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place. 

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Absurd Premise; Didn’t Read

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 24, 2018

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Uuuuuuuuuh...

Ummmmmmmm...

So...there's this...

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“The Greatest Showman”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 23, 2018

Okay, I had read too many reviews of The Greatest Showman --based on the life of P. T. Barnum—before I actually made it to the theater. But I’m not one to fall for the humbug of cynical reviewers, preferring to get mine from the “Prince of Humbugs” himself.

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We Need Some Icons

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 23, 2018

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

Crazy morning, schools delayed, kids needing things, iced over vehicles, etc. This will be short.

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Elderly People Prophesied a Speedy Decay of the Vital Forces

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 22, 2018

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

The Defense Department's National Defense Strategy document, signed by Secretary Mattis, does not include the words "climate," "warming," "planet," "sea levels," "temperature," or "environment" in the ecological sense of the word. Hey I guess that means that global warming is no longer a threat! We won you guys!

The really bad flu going around got a little extra breathing room when the CDC was placed in limbo by the government shutdown. Oops! But now there is apparently a contingency plan. 

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CELERINA: Quackery with Cocaine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 19, 2018

“Celerina” was a medicine dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originally of secret formulation, sold as a nerve tonic and cure-all.

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