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Scott Pruitt, destroyer of worlds, gets his guidance for assembling his science advisory committees from the Bible:
In the book of Joshua there is a story about Joshua leading the people of Israel into the promised land after Moses passed away. And Joshua says to the people of Israel choose this day whom you’re going to serve. And I would say to you this is sort of like the ‘Joshua Principle’ that as it relates to grants to this agency, you are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or you can choose grants, but you cannot do both.
Lego released its Women of NASA set, and it instantly became Amazon’s #1-selling toy. As I type, it still is.
Joe Nickell reminds us of how Harry Houdini exposed fake spiritualists and their tricks, and who still seems unwilling to have his spirit wrenched from the hereafter by a seance.
Oh hey, big new Cause & Effect newsletter came out yesterday. Talks about CSICon, Reba Wooden getting a big award, and lots more. Whoever writes that newsletter must work really hard.
The News Minute profiles someone I suspect we might get to know better in the coming years, Babu Gogineni, dubbed here “the Carl Sagan of India,” and he does sound pretty cool:
In India, what do you do when government sponsored departments in institutes spread pseudo-science and myths? Religion in India is an untaxed, unmonitored business venture, and a big disaster and an emergency. An enlightenment needs to be brought in.
Jacob J. Erickson at Religion Dispatches considers a kind of theology of insect appreciation in the midst of all species we’re destroying:
Perhaps … the minute intricacy and the theological necessity of insects is something we can recover. This loss should chasten our arrogance and exceptionalism. We must contemplate, wonder in, and lament insect loss in a way that beckons our attention.
There is a famous athlete much favored by the people in my geographical area known as “Tom Brady” who apparently believes in a lot of silly things about health. Tim Newcomb at Popular Mechanics highlights Brady’s belief that he needs to drink 25 bottles of water a day in order to prevent sunburn.
A void is detected, not in my soul, but in the Great Pyramid of Giza, by researchers using muons, the particles that are the byproduct of cosmic rays hitting Earth, and it might be a big room with treasures and artifacts, or totally not.
Unrelated to anything here, today I learned that compuserve.com exists, like, today.
Quote of the Day:
The quote today is instead a commercial, one I thought our little community would find rather amusing and timely.
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