Chocolate-Covered Bacon is Salad

December 28, 2016

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You know this already, of course: Carrie Fisher died yesterday at the age of 60. I got to see her one-woman Wishful Drinking show in DC many years ago, and damn she was funny. But you know this already, of course.

Hey folks, lookie here: the live Richard Dawkins/Sam Harris events in Los Angeles are now available to download or stream on Vimeo! If you're a Planet member of CFI or above, you already have free access. Everyone else can purchase parts 1 and 2 right here

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15 Minutes of Antihydrogen

December 27, 2016

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And we're back, as 2016 continues its reign of terror. 

Clare Foran at The Atlantic tried to figure out why Republicans have become even more entrenched in climate change denial as the scientific consensus only grows stronger:

In a deeply divided country, adopting views on climate change that conflict with scientific evidence can actually be a rational choice. Liberals and conservatives frequently spend time with like-minded individuals, and people across the political spectrum may have a better chance of fitting in if they embrace shared partisan beliefs—regardless of whether those beliefs contradict scientific fact.  

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Celestial Bat Signal

December 23, 2016

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There are today, as always, many bad things happening. But I will lead with some good news. It looks like humankind may now have an Ebola vaccine:

The vaccine showed 100 percent efficacy in protecting those who got it. More than 11,800 people participated in the trial. 

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People Who Can Explain Stuff

December 22, 2016

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Amanda Marcotte joins Lindsay Beyerstein on Point of Inquiry this week to talk about the Trump transition, and where opponents can find some footing to resist him. 

Trump says his ideas about banning Muslim immigration and creating a Muslim registry have "been proven to be right. One hundred percent correct." To help Trump with his Muslim registry is Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel and his data-mining company Palantir. 

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The Stank, Oppressive Odor of Secular Humanism

December 21, 2016

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ISIS claims the driver that killed twelve people in Berlin by smashing them with a truck as their own. This may or may not be true.

Seems that kids start leaving Catholicism around the age of 10 to 13, and Crux tries to figure out "what parents can do about it." 

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Oh God, You Devil

December 20, 2016

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I have to be super quick this morning because my kid's school is doing this holiday thing and yes I know I should have done this last night, but you know what? Life is crazy.

Let's begin with the world totally unraveling. All on the same day, the Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara by a Turkish policeman; a truck plows through a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin, killing 12 people in what is probably an act of terrorism; and Donald Trump formally wins in the Electoral College's vote, despite last-ditch efforts to sway the electors.

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Something to Think About to Not Think About the Other Things

December 19, 2016

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Catch up with the previous 14 days with Cause & Effect, the official propaganda outlet of the Glorious Democratic People's Republic of the Center for Inquiry. I mean newsletter.

For his podcast, Sam Harris posts the first of his two conversations with Richard Dawkins, recorded at the Alex Theater last month on Dawkins' recent U.S. tour. 

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Upsetting at Best

December 16, 2016

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2016 will be over in 15 days. 

Dylan Roof, who killed nine black parishioners in Charleston last year, is convicted on 33 counts of federal hate crimes. He could face life in prison or execution. A state trial for his crimes begins next month.

Sean Omar Rivera at Blavity says, "I am black, I am a humanist, and I support Black Lives Matter." He makes a case for the secular movement's alliance with Black Lives Matter...

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It’s Called Ignorance

December 15, 2016

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Here's something I didn't know: Religions are officially registered in Germany, and receive tax subsidies based on the size of their respective flocks. Of course Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism are there, as are Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses. Not legally recognized is Islam, which claims over 4 million adherents.   

In the U.S., Americans vastly overestimate how many Muslims live here. On average, Americans think the population is about 17% Muslim. The reality? 1%. That's a one. 

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It Sounded Almost Like Health

December 14, 2016

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Gov. John Kasich vetoes the unthinkably awful Ohio 6-week abortion ban, but signs the almost-as-awful 20-week ban. 

At The New Yorker, Lawrence Krauss says what readers of this blog already know: Under a Trump administration, science is in big damn trouble:

Taken singly, Trump’s appointments are alarming. But taken as a whole they can be seen as part of a larger effort to undermine the institution of science, and to deprive it of its role in the public-policy debate. 

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