Ocean Waters and Hubris

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

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C is for cookie, except when it's a Delaware-sized iceberg that's just wrenched itself from Antarctica. So now C, as in the Larsen C ice shelf, is for climate change. Or catastrophe. Or "crap, we're all screwed."

Perhaps I'm not being helpful here. Case in point: Largely in response to New York magazine's recent we're-gonna-be-cooked-alive-by-global-warming piece, Michael Mann, Susan Joy Hassol, and Tom Toles write in the Washington Post, "There is no need to overstate [the threat of climate change], particularly when it feeds a paralyzing narrative of doom and hopelessness."

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NutraMeet®

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

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The smart people at Vox wanted to know more about why people believe in -- and think they have even seen -- ghosts. Obviously, they'd want to talk to Joe Nickell. So they came to CFI HQ and put Joe in their video report, and it's great.

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Totally Sober

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

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NASA live-streamed a real-time simulation of the Juno spacecrafts's pass over Jupiter's red spot. Actual images will start coming in July 14.

But all is not celebratory in the world of planetary science. A survey of astronomers shows that 28% of women of color feel unsafe at work because of their race, and 40% feel unsafe because of their gender. Astronomers. "Oh my, Morning Heretic," you might be thinking. "This must be an oldy-timey survey from many decades ago. Scientists are so above this now." And you'd be wrong.

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Gardner and Randi Signed Picture

Access Points with Timothy Binga
July 10, 2017

Recently, Douglas Kinney, one of our regular donors of books and other library materials, came by our headquarters in Amherst, New York. As usual, he dropped off some books for our libraries. Additionally, he donated this rare photograph.

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Worse Than You Think

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 10, 2017

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The Amelia Earhart mystery got even more interesting last week with the unveiling of an incorrectly-filed photograph from 1937 that shows what very well may be Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands, supporting the theory that they survived the plane's disappearance and were subsequently captured by the Japanese.

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Eclectic Medicine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 07, 2017

In nineteenth century America, a number of what today are called “alternative” medical practices—“magnetic healing” (hypnosis), homeopathy, and eclecticism, among others—vied with each other and with regular or “old school” medicine—i.e., allopathy, today’s science-based medicine.

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Frustrated by the Lack of Bayesianism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 07, 2017

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Yesterday I screwed up the link to Andy Ngo's blog post again. Is there some supernatural force that is causing me to prevent you from reading Andy's piece??? Well, in your face, supernatural force, because third time's the charm! Here's Andy's "The Orlando Selfie."

(Did I get it right this time?) 

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Chupacabra and the Nightjar: Response to Colavito

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
July 06, 2017

Following up on my book Tracking the Chupacabra, I have occasionally written about varied speculative pseudohistories of the chupacabra, including a reputed link to a nightjar bird.

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Hammurabi Lobby

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 06, 2017

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

France has a crazy idea: Let's stop kids from dying of measles. I know, I know, only the French would come up with something so nutty. But it's true. Parents will be required to vaccinate their kids beginning next year.  

There's a new book about SETI's Jill Tarter by Sarah Scoles, and two big science-y mags are running excerpts: Popular Science and Wired. Tarter is also a fellow of CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

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It Will Be the Shockwave That Gets You

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

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

Posts on social media are at the center of a lot of crazy stuff right now. 

To celebrate our freedom from British tyranny, NPR tweeted out the text of the Declaration of Independence. It...confused some people:

Some supporters of Donald Trump didn’t recognize one of the nation’s founding documents and accused the broadcaster of inciting violence and even revolution. 

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