Ruled by Tentacles

May 31, 2016

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Dan Vergano at BuzzFeed tries to lend some clarity to some of the new information swirling around about a supposed link between cell phones and cancer:

The dose of cellphone radiation [in the study] — not enough to warm the rats, but close — and its duration starting in the womb, make it very hard to extrapolate from the findings to the average person whose cell phone spends most of its time plugged into the dashboard of their car, Willmarth [of the American Brain Tumor Association] said. “What’s remarkable is they are finding any effect at all.”

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Obviously Something Awful

May 27, 2016

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My friend Ryan Koronowski at ThinkProgress takes a terrifying look the potential energy and climate policy of a climate-change-denying President Donald Trump

President Obama visits Hiroshima. One atomic bomb survivor, Mikiso Iwasa, brings up Trump to NYT's Motoko Rich, saying, "I think Obama is struggling and fighting in a society that is losing its rational mind."

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The Secret of My Psychosomatic Success

May 26, 2016

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Jonathan Webb at the BBC interviews Richard Dawkins on the occasion of The Selfish Gene's 40th anniversary (a book I read about six years ago, and it blew my mind). One topic is his and other scientists' role in the discussion of religion:

It's important to [be involved in those debates]. I think scientists need to get involved in that kind of thing. ... Religion is not really a field that you can have. It's a non-field. And insofar as religion makes claims in the area of science - which it does, because it talks about creation, it talks about the nature of the Universe, it talks about the nature of life - to that extent, all scientists should be involved in it. 

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Smell the Faith

May 25, 2016

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Mary Lou Bruner, the creationist running for the Texas Board of Education who also believes that President Obama used to be a gay prostitute, is defeated in a primary runoff.

We've been getting a little heat from some corners over the fact that we hosted a web presentation last night by Lindsay Beyerstein (who is awesome) entitled "On Bullshit: Donald Trump, Harry Frankfurt, and Indifference to Truth." This is an academic look at what to us seems pretty obvious, that Trump is not terribly concerned with being correct about the things he says. This isn't a political statement, but a statement of demonstrable fact. Nonetheless, we got a few complaints about focusing on Trump.

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Greasy Faith

May 24, 2016

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Research by St. Mary's University shows that in the UK, the number of people claiming no religious affiliation has almost doubled from 2011 to 2014, with "nones" at 48.5%. Meanwhile, churches are "hemorrhaging worshippers" (as the Telegraph puts it), losing 11 congregants for every new one they gain. That's truly remarkable.

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Socially Inconvenient

May 23, 2016

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The past fortnight was one of the busiest we've had in a while (and we're not even into conference season yet), so get a quick catch-up with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter

Kavin Senapathy is interviewed at Good about her role in the March Against Myths, which pushes back against anti-GMO conspiracy mongering. She's also one of the great speakers at the upcoming Women in Secularism 4.

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Invalid and Pointless

May 20, 2016

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More things! Things are a constant! How the things do continue to EMERGE and MANIFEST.

For example! Yesterday we made an announcement about all the cool things we'll be doing for the Reason Rally, both at the rally itself and online...

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Flabber, Thoroughly Gasted

May 19, 2016

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Oh so many things today. Fewer things from now on please?

Except good things. We can have good things. Here's two good things:

22-year-old Bangladeshi secular blogger Shammi Haque is granted asylum in Germany, and she is one of those helped by CFI through the Freethought Emergency Fund.

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Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated

May 18, 2016

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Shadi Hamid joins Josh Zepps on Point of Inquiry to talk about ISIS, caliphates, and the prospects for reform in Islam today. 

Eric Fanning is confirmed by the Senate as Army Secretary, becoming the first openly gay Armed Forces secretary. Almost as notable: The Senate actually confirmed something.

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Podcasts Cause Cancer

May 17, 2016

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Yesterday the Supreme Court made a non-ruling on Zubik v. Burwell, a non-decision, an sans-vertebra pronouncement that they were remanding the case back to the lower courts. Our legal guru Nick Little says:

How exasperating to now find ourselves back at square one, thanks to the Court’s failure to ensure the seamless provision of reproductive health care to the hundreds of thousands of women employed by religious non-profit organizations.

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