Look at That! It’s Shiny!

May 06, 2016

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Bangladesh's Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, continues to reprimand secular writers for inviting their own murders. Via the Daily Star:

[He said] the government is not pleased with “bloggers who demean religion” and the people who are killing them. “Bloggers should restrain from hurting religious sentiments,” the minister said. It is a criminal offence when bloggers hurt religious sentiments of the public, he added. 

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God Pleads the Fifth

May 05, 2016

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Why, what's this? Could it be??? WHY YES IT IS CSICON 2016. In Las Vegas. Not even kidding. It's going to have James Randi, Lawrence Krauss, Eugenie Scott, Elizabeth Loftus, Joe Nickell, Richard Dawkins, and a slew of excellent skeptic icons. Go see, go register, go crazy

State Senator Jamie Raskin of Maryland, running for the U.S. House and a self-described humanist, is making damn sure you know that he is not an atheist. (Like Kyrsten Sinema who is "unaffiliated" or Pete Stark who is "a Unitarian who does not believe in God.") However, he will be speaking at the Reason Rally

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Asking For a Friend

May 04, 2016

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Yes, yes, May the 4th be with you, and all that, except that your eyes, nor your ears, are deceiving you. Donald Trump really will be the nominee of the Republican Party. And you will be saying "Merry Christmas." YOU WILL. (However, Hillary Clinton may now be the most religious candidate running for president, if you don't count Kasich, and I don't, and really you shouldn't count Bernie either because math, and whatever, I welcome your hate.)

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Spiral Further Downward

May 03, 2016

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In Skeptical Inquirer, Sadri Hassani delves into Deepak Chopra's notions of "quantum healing," and points out how Chopra at first had leaned on the ideas of a particular Indian guru, references to whom disappear in later editions of Chopra's book. "Deepak Chopra’s professionalism in the writing of Quantum Healing is of such a low quality that it borders on charlatanism."

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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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