Blog Archives for May 2016

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.

Making the Future What it Once Was

Guest Blog from 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?

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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