Things That Never Happened

June 08, 2016

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The 2016 Reason Rally is now in the books. I am emerging from a haze of exhaustion, humidity, and the rare sense of satisfaction of a job well done. Not just for the Rally itself, for which hundreds of people deserve enormous credit (and vacations), but particularly for the CFI Live website, where Nora Hurley, Matt Licata, and I kept y'all informed and up to date on all the goings-on.

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Light Years of Vast Nothingness

June 03, 2016

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Well here we are. With ancillary activities already well underway, tomorrow morning the second Reason Rally kicks off at the Lincoln Memorial. I'll happily remind you that Nora Hurley, Matt Licata, and I, along with other CFI folks, will be keeping you up to date, and hopefully a little enlightened and amused, with our CFI Live at the Reason Rally site at centerforinquiry.live.

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Space Dagger

June 02, 2016

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Reason Rally preparations are in full swing. We even started a CFI account on Instagram. (Look out for that Instagram, I bet it'll be big...Friendster-big!) The week's first Advocacy Day is already underway. Remember to bookmark centerforinquiry.live and start checking in on Saturday for on-the-ground coverage of the Rally by actual humans like Nora Hurley and Matt Licata, and sort-of humans like me.

Tom Krattenmaker says that the Rally is an example of how the secular population is reaching a tipping point of political impact...

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The Strong Odor of Religious Intrusion

June 01, 2016

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Susan Jacoby is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, talking about religious conversions -- the big, fall-to-your-knees ones, sure, but also the ones that were done for convenience or other secular reasons. 

In Free Inquiry, Carol Delaney ponders God as an idea, writing, "It is the concept that troubles me, because once a label is put on that awareness, something else happens."

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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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