The Morning Heresy 11/16/12: A Marvelous Conduit in a Timeless Whole

November 16, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

The Conversation offers guidelines to science journalists who wish to avoid reporting malarkey as fact, in an admittedly baffling environment. 

LiveScience reports on a new study attempting to explain why you think you see Jesus on your toast, or a face on Mars. Spoiler: The religious are more likely to "anthropomorphize."

George Dvorsky at io9: Mountain pine beetles and mosquitos agree - bring on global warming

"Futurist" Jason Silva (can that be my job? I want to be a futurist. What do you think they pull down in a year?) raves about the ecstacy of ideas that leave us awestruck and...

. . . re-contextualize oneself as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which molecules and meaning flow, from nebulae to neurons and back again. 

Never mind. I don't want to be a futurist anymore. 

Georgia, please reexamine your elected officials. Some of them believe:

President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. 

After the needless death-during-miscarriage of Savita Halappanavar, PZ Myers says it's time to shut the whole Catholic Church operation down:

Empty every pew, loot every coffer, disband every level of the hierarchy, take all their property and turn it over to secular authorities to be managed ethically and rationally. And if you’re still attending church…what the hell is wrong with you? 

With a hat tip to Annie Murphy Paul, Nobel laureate Carl Wieman has encouraging insights on how all students, regardless of learning style, can excel in science.

Bill O'Reilly seems to think that FFRF should be afraid of going to Hell because...oh, never mind. 

16th-century astronomer Tycho Brahe probably not murdered with mercury poisoning. One theory even had Johannes Kepler as the perpetrator! Morning Heresy fun fact: "Kepler" was the nickname my wife and I used for my son Toby when he was still a-gestatin'. 

Caspar Melville at Index on Censorship: In going after Indian skeptic Sanal Edamarauku, authorities have chosen "the wrong target." (And hey! That's the Campaign for Free Expression's picture!)

Leesburg, VA changes some rules so atheists can't leave holiday displays of skeletons dressed like Santa hanging from crosses and whatnot.

Local news confirms a UFO in Denver, folks still don't know what it is. 

Point of Inquiry's Chris Mooney is coming to Western Michigan University, and sports an Obama-like super-grin in the promo material. 

Chris Stedman is raffling off copies of his book Faitheist to folks who take part in a meal-packing project to help hungry kids in Boston, this Sunday. 

I know that a lot of you net-dwelling skepto-atheists have already seen this, but I just saw it this morning. Atheists are wrong because there's not enough water on Earth without God!!!! Best part? "Now what atheists?"

Woman in Canada is refused a haircut by a Muslim barber, and she sues.  

Quote of the Day         

Michael Nugent in the Irish Times clears up myths about atheism, and makes the case for religion's ouster from public policy:

Our natural morality can be corrupted by faith and dogma, whether religious or fascist, and whether enforcing state economies or the free market. But we can test fascism and the free market by how they match up to reality, while religious claims hide their testability in a supposed afterlife. That makes it important to keep religious faith and dogma out of political decision-making.

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