These Presidents Go To 11

September 19, 2016

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Emma Green at The Atlantic has a fascinating interview with Leigh Eric Schmidt, author of Village Atheists, and they cover a lot of territory about atheist combativeness, the religious view of atheist women as "monsters," and more. 

The presidential polls have tightened, for some reason. Perhaps it's cosmic forces preordaining a Trump victory...

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Misperceive, Mischaracterize, and Misremember

September 16, 2016

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Another quick one today, because oh, me-oh my-oh, goin' to CFI–Northeast Ohio, for their big biannual conference, where they're actually going to have me talk. Big mistake.

More interviews with CSICon speakers! CSICon's website is turning into like a Fresh Air for skeptics, and Susan Gerbic is Terry Gross! This time we have science communicator and biotech enthusiast Kevin Folta

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Triumvirate of Delusion

September 15, 2016

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Kimberly Winston reports on a University of Minnesota study that shows that atheists, while still really unpopular, are now slightly less disliked than Muslims. I do not feel at all good about this minor change in favorability. Also interesting, "nones" (the religiously unaffiliated as opposed to straight-up atheists) are mistrusted by 12 percent of Americans, and 40 percent of Americans says the rise in "nones" is "not a good thing."

Relatedly, Kelsey Dallas at Deseret News notes that the Democratic Party is becoming religiously-unaffiliated at a faster clip than the public at large....

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Je n’ai pas besoin de ce vaccin!

September 14, 2016

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ScienceDebate.org gets presidential candidates on the record with answers to a series of science policy questions. After a glance at some of the answers, it's pretty clear that Donald Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the responses attributed to him. "He" brushes off climate change as something to be further "investigated," while Jill Stein calls it "the greatest existential threat that humanity has ever faced," which is probably true. Stein is 100% against nuclear power, while Clinton and Trump offer it as part of an overall solution...

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A Certain Amount of Stoicism

September 13, 2016

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I'm going to die, you're going to die, life is often awful, and it's all we have. Excited? Dive deeper into this rainbow of a topic on Point of Inquiry with guest Andrew Stark, author of The Consolations of Morality: Making Sense of Death

The NCAA pulls all of its championship games out of North Carolina as a result of the state's odious anti-LGBT laws. NCAA's Mark Emmert said:

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events. 

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That is So Yuck

September 12, 2016

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First things first: Go see last week's Cause & Effect newsletter, if for no other reason than that I work really hard on it, and maybe it will inspire you to become a member of CFI.

Yesterday of course marked 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, and it blows my mind that there exist now adults who were too young to remember it, yet we're still utterly entangled in the decisions made in the immediate response to the attacks. Some related news relevant to our little community...

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We Admit That We’re Killers

September 09, 2016

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Donald Trump releases a "school choice" plan, meaning millions in tax dollars going to private and religious schools. Caitlin Emma at Politico notes that the plan resembles Lamar Alexander's 2014 bill which we helped to defeat. 

This is rather cool: At the CFI blog, Ben Radford hosts another blog-symposium, this time on the subject of being offended, specifically on behalf of others: "offense by proxy." Joining him are skeptic comedian Ian Harris and cartoonish Celestia Ward (whose response is an actual cartoon).

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Value Your Ignorance

September 08, 2016

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Emily Willingham is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, discussing the myths and stigma surrounding medical cannabis, and showing how both sides of the debate are trafficking in misinformation. (Willingham and host Lindsay Beyerstein will both be speaking at Women in Secularism 4 this month!)

In the new Free Inquiry, Leah Mickens picks up where she left off, surveying humanists' leading role in major social changes, and focuses now on little ol' us, the Center for Inquiry -- especially our work on the international stage...

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Getting Blinkered

September 07, 2016

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Fazıl Say, the Turkish pianist who was convicted of blasphemy four years ago for Tweeting poetry that authorities said "insult[ed] religious beliefs held by a section of society," has been acquitted.

Gina Miller, a "psychic" in Ohio, is charged with stealing $1.5 million from clients. 

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All You Need to Do Is Be Cynical

September 06, 2016

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Okay, big week. Lots to do. Let's get to it.

Richard Dawkins is going on tour in the U.S.! I will be playing rhythm guitar. Kidding! But he is coming to a bunch of cities to chat with special guests. Clicky clicky to get the details.

The delightful Carrie Poppy interviews The New Yorker's Maria Konnikova for CSICon Las Vegas, reminding us that yes, even we brilliant skeptics can be conned...

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