Something Fundamentally Human

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 17, 2017

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

The National Bureau of Economic Research releases a study saying that the folks who are the most blindingly hyper-partisan are oder Americans, those who use the Internet the least. Oh-HO! Whose bubble is filtered now??? 

Mashal Khan, the Pakistani atheist student killed by a mob of fellow students over blasphemy allegations, had criticized his university and its chancellor in a video interview.

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Try Shaming

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 14, 2017

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

Happy Friday. Here are some ways we'll all be made sick or put in peril by the administration's reversal of climate regulations. 

Hey maybe there are more atheists in the U.S. than we thought. If a novel study from the University of Kentucky is correct, it could be that as much as a quarter of the population or more is non-believing. But that's a pretty big "if," and other experts are skeptical. (Interestingly, the number of Republican atheists, according to this way of surveying folks, is about zero.)

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Bad Climatologists

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 13, 2017

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

Dina Ali Lasloom of Saudi Arabia was reportedly detained at an airport in the Philippines as she was attempting to seek asylum in Australia. In a video, she says, "If my family comes they will kill me, if I go back to Saudi Arabia I will be dead." 

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Laboratory Scandal

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 12, 2017

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

The Morning Heresy salutes the great Lindsay Beyerstein, whose last episode of Point of Inquiry has now been posted, quite appropriately with guest Sarah Posner, discussing Trump's hijacking of the religious right. 

The Alabama Senate votes to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to have its own goddamn police force. Coincidentally, I'll be captain of the all-new CSICOP, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry COPS. Bad boys, watcha gonna do?

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Checking the Safety Check

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
April 11, 2017

Many people use Facebook's "Safety Check" function to alert friends and family that they are safe during attacks and disasters. But how useful is it? 

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“The Conjuring” Double Bombshell

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 11, 2017

The author of the book that launched The Conjuring franchise (two main horror films and spin-offs based on the work of two notorious paranormal investigators) has now launched a double bombshell. He is suing the movies’ producers for allegedly violating his rights, while also stating that central claims in the movies are bogus.

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Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Lake Monster?

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 11, 2017

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

I'm back. 

The San Jose Mercury News quotes CFI's Michael De Dora in an editorial telling Facebook and Twitter to "stand strong" against Pakistan's pressure to reveal the private information of those deemed to have posted "blasphemous" content. Michael takes Pakistan to task in a new essay as well.

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Pakistan’s Hypocrisy on Freedom of Religion and Belief

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 06, 2017

At the UN Human Rights Council, Pakistan lamented an "increase in religiously motivated crimes" and said "states have the primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of its people." They conveniently forgot to mention their own record of promoting or tolerating intolerance, and stamping out any form of dissent.

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Joe Nickell Receives Distinguished Service Award

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 05, 2017

Thanks to the committee for Buffalo’s annual Science Exploration Day who — on the event day of March 22, 2017, at the University of Buffalo — honored me with the Distinguished Service Award. The following page appeared in the event booklet:

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When Talking to the Dead Leads to Death

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
April 05, 2017

People claiming to speak with ghosts have at times led to serious consequences, including death.

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