Narcissism, Impulsivity, Poor Attention Span, Paranoia

July 25, 2017

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After the Australian Broadcasting Company's big exposé on the abuse suffered by women within Christian church communities, church leaders are finally making some noise about taking meaningful action. Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson report:

The Anglican Primate of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, said he supported an unequivocal apology expressed this week by an Anglican priest to victims of domestic abuse in the Church. "I'm hoping that there will be some words of apology to people who have experienced domestic violence and any failure from the Church at our General Synod, coming up in September," the Archbishop said...

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Never Date a Cancer

July 24, 2017

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KPFA in Berkeley, California cancelled a Richard Dawkins event, totally out of the blue, because of what they said were views they disagreed with and what they called "abusive speech," all without providing any examples of evidence. Prof. Dawkins wrote a response in an open letter to KPFA, and we did our own public response as well. As you can imagine, this conflict has lit the bonfire now for the cooking of many hot takes -- a great many of which are coming from right-wing sites who delight in seeing progressives at odds with each other.

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July 21, 2017

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Sorry I'm late with this. But check this out! The National Health Service of England announced a ban on homeopathic and herbal medicines, saying, "At best homeopathy is a placebo and a misue of scarce NHS funds which could be better devoted to treatments that work." NICE. 

In a poll by the Royal Society, Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene tops a list of the most influential science books of all time.

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Too Busy Worrying About the Poor

July 20, 2017

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John McCain has brain cancer. His opponent for the presidency in 2008, one Barack Obama, tweeted:

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.  

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The T. Rex and the Hare

July 19, 2017

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Hey look look look look the latest episode of Point of Inquiry is up, in which I have a really fun talk with The Verge's space reporter Loren Grush about U.S. space policy in the Trump era, the hostility women still face in the sciences, the feasibility of human missions to Mars, and whether Mike Pence ruined space forever when he disobeyed that sign. Share and enjoy.

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Maybe I Am a Sucker After All

July 18, 2017

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California extends its climate change-combating cap-and-trade program to 2030 in a vote that Gov. Jerry Brown called the "most important" vote of these legislators' lives. No pressure.

Don't worry, Catholics with celiac disease. You don't have to eat Jesus to become one with Jesus. You do have to drink him, though.

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Theologically Marooned

July 17, 2017

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Kendrick Frazier, editor of CFI's Skeptical Inquirerpens an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal on the Roswell UFO story, and how "established facts of the Roswell incident will of course never catch up with the charming myth."

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that exclusively Christian prayers by county commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

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A Problem to Be Managed

July 14, 2017

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There's a really interesting piece by Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times about how Johnson & Johnson is being sued over an alleged link between their talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The science doesn't seem to fully support this claim, but J&J may get slammed anyway, in part because of the "David and Goliath" dynamic and the notion that J&J "must be guilty of something." 

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Ocean Waters and Hubris

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®

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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