There Are Two Worlds Out There

January 04, 2017

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So American Atheists' Nick Fish and I got into a thing over Twitter yesterday, and long story short, he decided to make his own attempts at a new CFI logo, inspired by failed presidential candidacies, and then Hemant Mehta got into it, and, well, I think we'll go with the one we got.

Benjamin Radford takes a deep dive into the "fake news" phenomenon, distinguishing different types, and reminding us that we bear some responsibility...

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Again and Again and Again

January 03, 2017

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Welp, back at it.

Over the weekend we announced that after much crossing of T's and dotting of I's, CFI and the Dawkins Foundation are finally, actually, formally legally, and officially merged. And we got a spiffy new logo, which you'll gradually see more of as we start improving our web presence. 

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Taking the Whole Thing Personally

December 30, 2016

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2016 isn't done with us yet. In fact, on top of the leap day it already got, just to stretch our existential angst out a wee bit more, it's going to tack on one additional leap second. Cruel.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and therefore an expert on everything apparently, issues a bad-faith "climate science challenge," asking for a scientist to assert the credibility of climate prediction models. ...

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Why Aren’t You Rich Already?

December 29, 2016

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RNS's Emily McFarlan Miller rounds up the "top 5 heresies" of the year, and The Morning Heresy somehow doesn't make the cut. Don't think I didn't notice. 

Ron Lindsay says the piece is interesting, adding, "But I don't see switching from iPhone to Pixel listed." Heresy makes for progress, they say.

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Chocolate-Covered Bacon is Salad

December 28, 2016

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You know this already, of course: Carrie Fisher died yesterday at the age of 60. I got to see her one-woman Wishful Drinking show in DC many years ago, and damn she was funny. But you know this already, of course.

Hey folks, lookie here: the live Richard Dawkins/Sam Harris events in Los Angeles are now available to download or stream on Vimeo! If you're a Planet member of CFI or above, you already have free access. Everyone else can purchase parts 1 and 2 right here

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15 Minutes of Antihydrogen

December 27, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

And we're back, as 2016 continues its reign of terror. 

Clare Foran at The Atlantic tried to figure out why Republicans have become even more entrenched in climate change denial as the scientific consensus only grows stronger:

In a deeply divided country, adopting views on climate change that conflict with scientific evidence can actually be a rational choice. Liberals and conservatives frequently spend time with like-minded individuals, and people across the political spectrum may have a better chance of fitting in if they embrace shared partisan beliefs—regardless of whether those beliefs contradict scientific fact.  

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Celestial Bat Signal

December 23, 2016

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There are today, as always, many bad things happening. But I will lead with some good news. It looks like humankind may now have an Ebola vaccine:

The vaccine showed 100 percent efficacy in protecting those who got it. More than 11,800 people participated in the trial. 

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People Who Can Explain Stuff

December 22, 2016

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Amanda Marcotte joins Lindsay Beyerstein on Point of Inquiry this week to talk about the Trump transition, and where opponents can find some footing to resist him. 

Trump says his ideas about banning Muslim immigration and creating a Muslim registry have "been proven to be right. One hundred percent correct." To help Trump with his Muslim registry is Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel and his data-mining company Palantir. 

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The Stank, Oppressive Odor of Secular Humanism

December 21, 2016

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ISIS claims the driver that killed twelve people in Berlin by smashing them with a truck as their own. This may or may not be true.

Seems that kids start leaving Catholicism around the age of 10 to 13, and Crux tries to figure out "what parents can do about it." 

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Oh God, You Devil

December 20, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

I have to be super quick this morning because my kid's school is doing this holiday thing and yes I know I should have done this last night, but you know what? Life is crazy.

Let's begin with the world totally unraveling. All on the same day, the Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara by a Turkish policeman; a truck plows through a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin, killing 12 people in what is probably an act of terrorism; and Donald Trump formally wins in the Electoral College's vote, despite last-ditch efforts to sway the electors.

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