Dealing with Little Green Men

May 02, 2016

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Nobel Prize winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto, a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and a longtime friend to CFI and the freethought movement, has died at the age of 76. I met him once at my first CFI conference as a new employee in 2012, where I found he had used one of my blog posts in his presentation. I was bowled over by that. He was a lot of fun to listen to, very energetic, and funny. Richard Dawkins posts a remembrance...

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Weblog of Enlightenment

April 29, 2016

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So dig this, we released our big annual Progress Report yesterday, and it's a great way to get an overview of all the bazillion things CFI works on, and I bet there'll be things in there that'll make you go, "Whoa, I didn't know they did THAT TOO! What a crazy-great organization!" Go see.

This is fascinating. At CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Stuart Vyse details how Apple may (inadvertantly?) be helping to fund and promote pseudoscience through a particular autism treatment, "Rapid Prompting Method," or RPM...

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Memories of a Sea Slug

April 28, 2016

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Yemeni atheist Omar Mohammad Bataweel is abducted by Islamic militants and shot, reportedly for his outspoken nonbelief.

Ranbir Singh Sidhu at VICE says the recent murders in Bangladesh point to a troubling "broadening of the targets," writing, "Now it seems almost any marginal voice in Bangladesh, whether an intellectual or activist, is a potential target." (Whoever wrote the headline for this piece must be Captain Obvious. "Bangladesh Needs to Sort Out Its Rampant Machete Attack Problem." You think???)

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His Holiness Teddy Ruxpin

April 27, 2016

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On Point of Inquiry this week, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Rebecca Traister about the subject of her new book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Maajid Nawaz, writing at The Daily Beast, leads with, "There really is no other way to put this. Free thinkers in Bangladesh are being serially hacked to death in their homes."

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There is Nothing That isn’t Instantly Boring

April 26, 2016

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One day after the latest murder-by-machete by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, two more people are hacked to death: Xulhaz Mannan, editor of the country's only LGBT magazine and former US Embassy employee, along with his friend and colleague Tanay Mojumdar. This has prompted responses from John KerrySen. Ben Cardin, and the U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat.

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Green Eggs and Shame

April 25, 2016

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This'll have to be a quick one, folks, because I'm in Amherst, NY today to see my coworkers (imagine that) for something like Team Building Exercise '99 (not really) at CFI–Transnational Cosmic Headquarters, or as I refer it, the Meatball Mothership™. 

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He Was Tryin’ to Rest, Y’all

April 22, 2016

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So, Prince. I don't have anything of use to say about him on this particular blog, but there is one thing about his death that actually falls right into the skepto-secular wheelhouse is that Prince has previously refused medical treatments due to his religious beliefs.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who last year introduced a resolution on the violence against religious minorities in Bangladesh that CFI supports, took to the House floor yesterday to shine a brighter light on the issue, warning that violence against atheists, secularists, and other religious minorities has "become a regular occurrence," and that we need to defend the right of free expression for everyone, even and especially those with whom we disagree.

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Sitting in the Kitchen, Making Things Up

April 21, 2016

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CNN publishes an op-ed by me and Michael De Dora on Bangladesh's great shame: the prime minister and other officials blaming the murdered secularists for their own deaths because of their "filthy words." We write:

By reprimanding the victims of these attacks, and doing little to bring the killers to justice, the Bangladesh government is abandoning its commitments and implicitly encouraging the killings to continue.

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Where Spirituality Meets Narcissism

April 20, 2016

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Holy moly there's a lot going on today.  

Yesterday we announced a new member of our Board of Directors, Y. Sherry Sheng, a naturalist and organizer with a dizzying array of experiences in helping nonprofits get better at what they do. So she's a good get, is what I'm saying. 

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Beer-Stained Shroud

April 19, 2016

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We have a must-read from Carrie Poppy at Skeptical Inquirer: an exposé of sorts of the inner working of Peter Popoff's televangelist operation, from a former employee.  

Point of Inquiry this week talks to journalist Tamar Wilner about another instance of a person who claims he can heal you and almost certainly can't, the case of Stanislaw Burzynski

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