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The Morning Heresy 8/7/12: Mars Attacks! Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today’s morning heretics are Dren Asselmeier and Cody Hashman. Paul is out, I think to find himself through reading Kerouac and fly tying (or just enjoying the new addition to his family), and will be returning… Dren Asselmeier 08/07/12 0
Marty Klein Dr. Marty Klein is a California psychotherapist, sex therapist, and international lecturer in sexuality and public policy. He has been an expert witness or invited plaintiff in many important state and federal obscenity and anti-censorship cases. His landmark book America’s War On Sex, with a foreword by the ACLU’s Nadine Strossen,… Dren Asselmeier 08/06/12 0
The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today’s morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and… Dren Asselmeier 08/02/12 4 08/03/12
The Morning Heresy 7/31/12: Barry Karr Speaks Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  Today’s Morning Heretic is Dren Asselmeier, the master of portmanteau. Paul is out on family leave due to the birth of his second child and will be returning August 13th. Until then, you’ll just have to settle… Dren Asselmeier 07/31/12 1 07/31/12
Potentially the Smackdown of the Year Edward “Eddie” Tabash is a longtime supporter and board member for the Center for Inquiry. He also happens to be a master of debate. You may have seen him debate a costumed Ron Lindsay at the CFI Leadership Conference in 2009 (I sure did), or you may recognize him from… Dren Asselmeier 07/27/12 1 07/27/12
Victor Harris Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene for the past twelve years, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot… Dren Asselmeier 06/14/12 0
CFI On Campus: 2012 Spring Review It is surely no surprise to you that Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, have been busy this spring. Many of our groups have participated in Reason Rally, regional events, and annual conferences, all on top of our normal operations. You may not know,… Dren Asselmeier 05/30/12 0
Paul Fidalgo Paul Fidalgo is communications director of the Center for Inquiry, and previously led communications for the Secular Coalition for America and FairVote: the Center for Voting and Democracy. He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, where his master’s thesis was on atheists in American politics.… Dren Asselmeier 05/16/12 0
Phil Ferguson Phil is the founder of Champaign Urbana Freethinkers and an investment advisor represetative with 16 years of experience. He owns his own investment company—Polaris Financial Planning. Polaris Financial Planning LLC, is a “fee-only” registered investment advisor and does not receive money from anyone other than the paying clients. Phil Ferguson… Dren Asselmeier 04/13/12 0
Rita Swan and Protecting Children from Religious Exemptions Rita Swan is a former Christian Scientist who is now president of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD). She is a fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine. The Last Strawberry is her memoir about the death of her infant son. The story explains how the tragedy prompted… Dren Asselmeier 03/09/12 3 03/11/12
CFI On Campus Updates As a writer for the Freethinking blog, and a Campus Organizer for CFI On Campus, I want to let my worlds collide and tell everyone about the cool things that students have been doing. Our affiliates work hard to organize and coordinate events, support groups, volunteering projects, and much, much… Dren Asselmeier 02/16/12 1 02/18/12
This Week’s Good News I don’t know if anyone else is celebrating, but the last week or so has culminated into some pretty good news for the socially progressive crowd. In case you missed it, here is my account of the news. On January 31, Planned Parenthood’s President, Cecile Richards, sent an email with… Dren Asselmeier 02/08/12 0
Azim Shariff Azim Shariff is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and director of the Cultural and Morality Lab. His primary research focuses on the functionalist origins and social consequences of religions, with a special focus on pro- and anti-social behavior and attitudes. His work on religion and morality,… Dren Asselmeier 02/06/12 0
I Stand with Planned Parenthood News broke yesterday that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a well-known breast cancer charity, is no longer going to give grants to its Planned Parenthood affiliates because of “pressure from anti-abortion activists” and because “Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress,” according to this NPR article. This is disappointing… Dren Asselmeier 02/01/12 2 02/10/12
Alix Jules Alix Jules is a secular activist in the Dallas–Ft. Worth area who is commonly involved in issues and topics regarding the role of diversity in the atheist community as well as atheism in diverse communities. He chairs the Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason’s Diversity Council and is a founding member… Dren Asselmeier 01/30/12 0
Indiana Senate Hates Science, Loves Jesus Okay, so I am being a little facetious with the title here, but the fact is that an Indiana Senate panel “has approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in Indiana’s public schools” according to the Chicago Tribune. It’s not law yet, but this is not a good sign… Dren Asselmeier 01/26/12 1 01/27/12
J. Anderson Thomson J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy) is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services, as well as theInstitute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. He is the forensic psychiatrist for… Dren Asselmeier 01/25/12 0
Leighann Lord Smart, sexy, savvy, funny! If comedy was music, she’d be jazz. Stand-up comedian Leighann Lord has appeared on numerous stand-up comedy shows including Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, The Original HBO Def Comedy All Star Jam, ABC’s The View, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. She’s performed… Dren Asselmeier 01/24/12 0
Ayanna Watson Ayanna Watson is the founder of Black Atheists of America, Inc. (BAAm). BAAm is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. The organization has been successful in bringing together black atheists and combating the common misconception of solidarity among black atheists. With BAAm,… Dren Asselmeier 01/23/12 0
Mandisa Thomas Mandisa Thomas is a founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism and a bit of Islam. As a child she loved reading, and enjoyed various tales of Gods from different cultures, including Greek and Ghanaian. “Through… Dren Asselmeier 01/23/12 0
Andy Norman Andy Norman teaches philosophy at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. He is a dynamic presenter who likes to challenge audiences to think hard about reason and faith, science and spirituality, and the foundations of ethics. Andy authors the popular "Brainstormin'" column for the Humanist Network News, and works at developing naturalistic… Dren Asselmeier 01/20/12 0
Amanda Marcotte Feminist author, blogger, and gadfly Amanda Marcotte has been described as “funny. Really funny,” with a “wit is as sharp as the survival knife.” (Sacramento News & Review) Her “writing zings, it crackles, it leaves a mark, and never sugarcoats.” (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos) And she tends to… Dren Asselmeier 01/06/12 0
Why Students are a Priceless Investment I want to say a few things to inspire students to get involved with community groups and to stay involved with the movement even after they finish being students, and I want to send a message to all secular and skeptical organizations to say that engaging young people is the… Dren Asselmeier 01/04/12 1 01/04/12
Shawn Otto Shawn Otto is an award-winning science advocate, writer, teacher, and speaker. He is the cofounder of ScienceDebate.org and the producer of the first US Presidential Science Debates, for which he received the IEEE-USA’s National Distinguished Public Service Award. He has advised science debate efforts in several countries. He is also a novelist… Dren Asselmeier 01/04/12 0
Indre Viskontas Indre Viskontas is a sought-after science communicator across all mediums. She co-hosted the 6-episode docuseries Miracle Detectives on the Oprah Winfrey Network and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, major radio stations across the US, including several appearances on the NPR program City Arts & Lectures and The Sunday… Dren Asselmeier 12/14/11 0
Bob Blaskiewicz Bob Blaskiewicz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he teaches writing courses that revolve around extraordinary claims and American literature and culture. His dissertation was on the novels and memoirs of WWII combat veterans. He is currently researching American conspiracy theories. He edits… Dren Asselmeier 12/05/11 0
Seth Lepore Seth Lepore (writer/performer) holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focus: Creativity in Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Since 1996 he has created over six self-produced one-man shows. Lepore's latest venture is a trilogy of one-man shows on the underbelly of the self-help and new age movement. Losing My… Dren Asselmeier 12/05/11 0
Lawrence Torcello Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology. He regularly teaches and publishes on issues related to critical thinking, social and political philosophy, moral theory, and bioethics broadly construed (i.e. ethical issues in biology, ecology,… Dren Asselmeier 11/16/11 0
Mark D. Hatcher Mark D. Hatcher is a PhD candidate of Neurophysiology at Howard University and CFO of Black Atheists of America. He started Secular Students of Howard University (SSHU). SSHU is the first officially recognized secular organization to be held at a historically black college or university. Mark has given talks for… Dren Asselmeier 10/18/11 0
Ed Brayton After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He is now the owner of the popular blog, Dispatches from the… Dren Asselmeier 10/18/11 0
Charles Wynn Dr. Wynn has lectured about science and science education in Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia, England, and Russia. His critically acclaimed science trilogy, The Five Biggest Ideas in Science (John Wiley & Sons),Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends and Pseudoscience Begins (Joseph Henry Press), and The Five Biggest Unsolved… Dren Asselmeier 10/17/11 0
Sara Mayhew International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention." In 2007, the Ontario Arts… Dren Asselmeier 10/12/11 0
Nikki Stern Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as "even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense." She is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Hope in Small Doses, which recommends a version of hope that thrives in times of… Dren Asselmeier 08/26/11 0
Judy Johnson Judy J. Johnson, PhD, is a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her ongoing research is on the nature, development, and measurement of dogmatism. She is the author of What’s So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, published by Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009.… Dren Asselmeier 07/11/11 0
James Croft James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, where he works on the Humanist Community Project, helping build communities for nonreligious people. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of… Dren Asselmeier 07/11/11 0
Jen Hancock Jennifer Hancock is the former executive director for the Humanists of Florida, author of several books about Humanism and the founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is unique in that was raised as a freethinker and is considered one of the top speakers and writers in the world of Humanism… Dren Asselmeier 06/28/11 0
Christopher DiCarlo Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a fellow and advisor of the Society of Ontario Free Thinkers and the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His book entitled How to Become… Dren Asselmeier 06/13/11 0
Greta Christina Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is author of The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life; of Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God; of Coming Out Atheist:… Dren Asselmeier 05/17/11 0
August Berkshire August Berkshire is the president of Minnesota Atheists (MNA) and is a past vice president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI). He serves on the boards of directors of Camp Quest of Minnesota (CQMN) and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and is on the speaker’s bureau for the Secular Student Alliance… Dren Asselmeier 05/11/11 0
Seth Mnookin Seth Mnookin is Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing and and the Ford Career Development Associate Professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at M.I.T. His most recent book, The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, won the National Association of Science Writers “Science in Society” Award and… Dren Asselmeier 05/06/11 0
Jeremy Beahan Fundamentalist raised and educated, Jeremy graduated from Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University with a dual degree in social studies and religious education. While training for ministry Jeremy underwent a dramatic de-conversion as a culmination to many years of questioning. Today Jeremy works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry… Dren Asselmeier 05/05/11 0
Desiree Schell Desiree Schell is the host of Science for the People, a syndicated live radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America. The program explores the connections between popular culture, history and science, and promotes critical thinking beyond the ranks of current skeptics. Desiree interviews researchers, authors and experts to help… Dren Asselmeier 04/27/11 0
Chris Stedman Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Managing Director of State of Formation, a new initiative at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, for… Dren Asselmeier 04/27/11 0