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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Argumentum ad Ignorantiam

September 02, 2016

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They're about to make Mother Theresa a saint, but Joe Nickell shows us in a piece for the upcoming issue of Free Inquiry that the miracles attributed to her are very weak tea:

In both cases “miracle” was defined as it always is in such matters as “medically inexplicable.” The evidence is therefore not positive but negative, resulting in a logical fallacy called argumentum ad ignorantiam “an argument from ignorance”—that is, a lack of knowledge. One cannot draw a conclusion from “we don’t know”—least of all that a miracle (supposedly a supernatural occurrence) was involved. 

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Additionally Also Make Heresy As Well Great Again Too

September 01, 2016

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As of this typing, the Space X Falcon 9 rocket, set to launch a satellite this coming weekend, looks to have exploded on the launch pad. No news on why or if anyone was hurt. 

Not too long ago CFI launched a new-and-improved membership program. Well now it's also got the option to do your membership in monthly installments. So what are you waiting for? ONE OF US. ONE OF US.

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A Long Process of Demise

August 31, 2016

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This has to be a quick Heresy because I have a thing. Yesterday I was off so there was no Heresy, and what do you know, we maybe find aliens, then realize it's probably not aliens, and then we find out that God "raised up" Donald Trump to run for president, so says Michele Bachmann. (Hell of a lift.) I refuse to believe all these things aren't connected.

Facebook took those biased humans out of the trending-stories formula, and what do you know, false news shoots to the top

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Do You Have Scurvy?

August 29, 2016

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Whoa, there. Don't get ahead of yourself. Before you start this week, make sure you up to speed on the last two with Cause & Effect

As John Kerry meets with Bangladesh government officials today, our own Michael De Dora writes up some ideas for what issues the Secretary of State should emphasize...

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