Harmless to Ingest
July 7, 2015
The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.
Ron Lindsay writes at Huffington Post that grappling with the ugly side of history is not as simple as taking down some flags; along with the symbols, we need to deal with the system:
Historical knowledge is, all other things being equal, a good thing, but as with other sources of knowledge, it is best to drink it in deeply.
Taslima Nasrin is the guest on a special live-audience edition of Point of Inquiry, recorded at the Reason for Change conference. Don't miss it.
Brandon Withrow, at the Chronicle for Higher Education, tells of his difficult transition from being a professor at a theological seminary to a secular humanist, in his first piece as an "out" nonbeliever:
Teaching while nonbelieving is a special crime in faith-based institutions. My field is in religious history, and it is entirely possible for me to teach academically — meaning educating students without casting judgment on or interfering with their faith. The expectation of a professor in faith-based education, however, is that he or she is also a theologian, an advocate for the specific religious mission of the institution. A secular humanist clearly cannot advocate for doctrine.
It's Shark Week (sigh), and the Discovery Channel says it's "doubling down" on science over cryptozoology (yay!).
Uh, Denmark, did you vet your new education and research minister? Because he seems to not believe in reality.
Seven men are rounded up that were involved in the murder of Avijit Roy, and Bonya Rafida Ahmed, who survived the attack, identified two of them.
RNS does a five-faith-facts on Jim Webb (yes he announced for president, and no, I didn't notice either), and really, there's not much to tell.
Emily Bazelon explores the fuzzy border between religious freedom and discrimination.
Emiliano Tatar has a refreshingly blunt piece about homeopathy's harm at the Philadelphia Inquirer:
I sometimes get asked: if homeopathy has no side effects and someone wants to try it, what’s the harm? While the remedies themselves are harmless to ingest, the risks occur when parents choose them over proven medicine when their kids are sick.
Parsis in India, descended from Iranian immigrants fleeing persecution 1000 years ago, sue Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?) for mocking Zoroastrianism.
NBC cancels its "A.D." Bible series though it will likely get picked up by a smaller network.
Can pandas detect earthquakes? Um, maybe? But, like, don't bank it?
Crocoduck/Cameron slashfic is now a thing that exists. Not safe for work. Or, like, sanity.
Massimo Pigliucci: Jim Carrey causes autism.
Quote of the Day:
Kevin Drum scoffs at notions that "controversies on the bleeding edge of physics" will undermine the public's confidence in science:
When nutritionists constantly change their minds about what's good or bad for us, that undermines public trust in science. This is because everyone eats, and stories about diet and nutrition are plastered all over TV, social media, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and every other form of human communication. But those primordial gravitational waves that are probably just dust? I'm here to assure you that 99.9 percent of the world doesn't give a shit.
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#1 gray1 on Tuesday July 07, 2015 at 4:44pm
“Uh, Denmark, did you vet your new education and research minister? Because he seems to not believe in reality.”
Reality… we’re still working on that one. Meanwhile it never hurts to hedge your bets.
#2 Randy on Wednesday July 15, 2015 at 7:36am
I suspect Kevin Drum has the causation exactly backwards.
The reason 99.9% don’t give a shit is because science is constantly announcing vaporware. And that makes it indistinguishable from the nutritionists.
It might be fun to try announcing only the stuff that’s probably closer to modelling reality, instead of just going ape over a single result, or worse, a calculation.