Cryptids Love Cheetos

October 23, 2015

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CFI's legal eagle (sorry) Nick Little is one of the guests on Science for the People on the topic of mandatory vaccinations. 

Also over the radio waves, WSFU covers CFI's lawsuit over taxpayer-funded sectarian prison rehabilitation in Florida (of course).  

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Klingons, If You Will

October 22, 2015

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CFI has for years now been involved in a lawsuit in Florida, challenging the state funding of sectarian Christian prison rehabilitation programs, and things are starting to move. The Blaze and Broward-Palm Beach New Times cover the story, with the latter quoting our boss Ron Lindsay who says, "The ministries that are defendants in this case — and by their own admission, they are ministries — are absolutely free to carry out their activities. However, they cannot use tax dollars to do so." 

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The Qatari Heresy

October 21, 2015

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Two stories about Qatar! One: UN human rights leaders call upon Qatar to release a poet, Mohammed al-Ajami, who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for reciting a poem in his home critical of the Crown Prince. 

Meanwhile, Ahmed "Cool Clock" Mohamed, just after meeting the president, is going to move to Qatar with his family so he can attend the Qatar Foundation Young Innovators Program. Listen, Texas. These people have chosen Qatar over you. Self-reflect.

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If You Could Please Explain the Crab Monster

October 20, 2015

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Oh hey, Canada! Did you have an election or something? That's cool I guess. Hey let's go see what Trump's up to... 

Delicious, delicious science is the theme for the latest episode of Point of Inquiry, with the chief of Serious Eats, J. Kenji López-Alt, and some culinary mythbusting.

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Morally Compromised or Nonexistent

October 19, 2015

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal seeks the wisdom of our own Joe Nickell in a piece on end-is-nigh prophecies: "Hope springs eternal, but so does fear."

Oh hey there was a lot of news over the last fortnight, so go ahead and check out Cause & Effect so you can look like you were up to date all along. I won't tell.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the Posterior Medial Frontal Cortex

October 16, 2015

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Nikhil Kumar at TIME covers the mortal plight of secularist bloggers in Bangladesh, citing Avijit Roy and his work with CFI. 

I join Loren Grush at The Verge in actually thinking Newt Gingrich's Moon-colony plan was a cool idea, and we are joined by Jeb! Bush, who said, "People started laughing, and I’m thinking, ‘Really?’ I think it’s pretty cool." That's because it is pretty cool. Moon colonies are cool. That's just a #sciencefact.

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A Swarm of Megastructures

October 15, 2015

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I don't want to alarm you, but there really does exist a genuine mystery about what is orbiting a star in the Cygnus constellation, and, I'm not even kidding you, one plausible explanation is that it might, might, might, possibly, maybe be evidence, perhaps, of an alien civilization. Here's Ross Andersen at The Atlantic:

Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish an alternative interpretation of the light pattern. SETI researchers have long suggested that we might be able to detect distant extraterrestrial civilizations, by looking for enormous technological artifacts orbiting other stars. Wright and his co-authors say the unusual star’s light pattern is consistent with a “swarm of megastructures,” perhaps stellar-light collectors, technology designed to catch energy from the star. 

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Un-Monk-Like

October 14, 2015

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In The GuardianMaryan Namazie admonishes what she calls the apologists for radical Islam on the political left:

For those who have bought into the Islamist narrative, there are no social and political movements, class politics, dissenters, women’s rights campaigners, socialists – just homogenised “Muslims” (read Islamists) who face “intimidation” and “discrimination” if an ex-Muslim woman speaks on a university campus. 

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The Jersey Beanie Baby

October 13, 2015

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Point of Inquiry this week has one of our own: Josh Zepps interviews CFI senior policy analyst Ed Beck, along with SCA's Sarah Levin, to talk about the anti-vaccine movement and our work on vaccination policy. 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry announces ten new Fellows of the committee and four new Scientific and Technical Consultants.  

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Hungry, Hungry Huitzilopochtli

October 12, 2015

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Joe Nickell has a fascinating post on the newly-minted Catholic saint, Junipero Serra, showing how miracles are determined from an argument from ignorance, and why Serra's canonization is deeply offensive to many Native Americans. 

Bill Moyers chooses a recent piece from Free Inquiry to republish on his website: Wayne L. Trotta's "The Poetry of the First Amendment." 

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