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Gunmen or Maintenance Worker? Applause or Gunshot?  How Expectation Influences Perception

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
November 20, 2017

Countless real-life examples of false reports remind us that sincere, otherwise credible eyewitnesses can be influenced by many factors, including what they expect (or fear) to see.

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“Baby Killer” Nostrums

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
November 20, 2017

Nothing could have seemed more harmless than the picture of a mother and her baby with the words, “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup for Teething Children.” Trouble was, the nineteenth-century pacifying nostrum contained morphine!

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Unread Manuscripts

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 20, 2017

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

Housekeeping note: I'm gone for the rest of this week, so hopefully nothing interesting happens for a while. 

The Economist gets down to brass tacks with climate change, detailing why lowering emissions isn't going to cut it, and that we're going to have to start scrubbing all the crap out of the atmosphere.

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The Great Cosmic Blog

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 17, 2017

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

Today opens the high-tech shrine to Yahweh's hot bestseller, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. But lest you think it's all about promoting Christianity, the folks behind the museum want you to see it differently. Michelle Boorstein at the Post reports:

Museum leadership has also worked hard to show it wants to be seen as nonsectarian, more of an open place to explore the Bible than to be evangelized — sort of a counter to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which argues that the Earth is just a few thousand years old. Cary Summers, the Bible Museum’s president, was a consultant on the Kentucky museum as well. The museum board is made up almost exclusively of conservative evangelicals (mostly white males), and the museum projects an implicit and religious reverence for the Bible. ...

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