The Degree To Which We Are All Screwed

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 05, 2017

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

Housekeeping note: I'll be away starting tomorrow and until Tuesday of next week. I promise you'll be okay. The rest of the world? Who can say.

The latest Cause & Effect newsletter is out, now on its new day, every other Wednesday. This new schedule was determined thanks to super-sophisticated algorithmic machine intelligence in order to maximalize optimization of consumer engagement. Plus it's the day the other newsletter comes out on the off-weeks.

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There Are No Historical Facts

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 04, 2017

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

I recently read The Handmaid's Tale for the first time (and wow), and there's a new edition out with a new forward by Margaret Atwood, published in the New York Times:

In this divisive climate, in which hate for many groups seems on the rise and scorn for democratic institutions is being expressed by extremists of all stripes, it is a certainty that someone, somewhere — many, I would guess — are writing down what is happening as they themselves are experiencing it. Or they will remember, and record later, if they can. ...

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The Gullible Tool of Liars

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 03, 2017

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

The Los Angeles Times, it seems, has freaking had it, beginning a multi-part editorial on the dishonesty of Donald Trump. Part one is an introduction:

What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself...

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Be Few and Live Apart

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 31, 2017

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

Benjamin Radford is on the Kojo Nnamdi Show discussing the misinformation swirling around DC's missing girls. 

Michael Bloomberg wants to make clear that Trump's rollback of Obama's climate policies won't necessarily mean the U.S. will blow the Paris Climate Agreements...

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Humans Against Humanity

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 30, 2017

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

Happy Thursday. I'm still sick, and the world is still burning down, but at least there's a new Samsung Galaxy phone. Which means it's all going to be okay.

Oh wait, no it's not. Today in everything-is-hopeless...

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A Shattering Disaster

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 29, 2017

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

The editorial board of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group cites the Center for Inquiry in its piece on Pakistan's blasphemy crackdown:

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calls blasphemy an “unpardonable offense.” Here, the unpardonable offense would be failing to push back against such backward thing. Facebook and Twitter should help to lead the push.

Point of Inquiry this week has Phoebe Maltz Bovey, author of the book The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage

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A Brief Biography of “Magnetic Healer” H.N. Wheelock

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 28, 2017

As presented elsewhere (Nickell 2017), I acquired for my collection a trade card of nineteenth-century “Magnetic Healer” H.N. Wheelock. To learn more about him, I researched various sources, including an authoritative Wheelock genealogy (Sullivan 2017). CFI Libraries Director Tim Binga greatly assisted with this project, tracking Wheelock through federal and state censuses and other records. Here is what we discovered.

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The Loch Ness Lindbergh Baby

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 27, 2017

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

First things first: Catch up with a very full fortnight of freethought with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. There's a lot about Michael De Dora at the UN Human Rights Council, and Michael has even more on his adventures there in this update

Things are getting absolutely bonkers in Pakistan. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan seeks to assemble a coalition of Muslim nations to devise a global strategy for "dealing with" blasphemous content on social media. 

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Interview with Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist: Guest Post by Susan Gerbic

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
March 24, 2017

Guest Post by Susan Gerbic 

Hemant Mehta is best known for his blog on Patheos, Friendly Atheist; he also has a podcast of the same name and has written about selling his soul on eBay. He has two other books, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide and The Friendly Atheist: Thoughts on the Role of Religion in Politics and Media.

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Rare Trade Card of “Magnetic Healer”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 24, 2017

The Victorian trade card (a forerunner of the later business card), pictured here, is graced by the engraved portrait and facsimile signature of H.N. Wheelock. He is described on the reverse as a “Mental and Vital Magnetic Healer”—that is, one who treated both mind and body. “WILL THOU BE MADE WHOLE?” he asks.

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