The Hospitalities of the Brain

August 11, 2015


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

What do the Bangladeshi police do when four atheist bloggers are murdered in one year? Threaten other bloggers with jail

Point of Inquiry this week has Matt Crawford, talking to Josh Zepps about dealing with a world full of distractions and oh hey did you see the new Iowa poll for the GOP primaries and I never watched The Apprentice but of course I don’t get cable and…wait, what? 

Speaking of podcasts, the latest episode of my show with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is up, with thoughts on what the culture of Heaven is like, stuff about aliens killing us, and Brian’s evisceration of C.S. Lewis, that hack

This will be a thing. A new “science-based” nonprofit will be looking at ways sugar and whatnot are not the obesity-culprits they are made out to be, and they’re funded by Coca-Cola.  

Okay, first you need to know that Target is going to stop dividing up its toys into boys’ and girls’ toys, and just have toys, which is great. Then you need to know that something as hilarious as the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood exists. Yes, it does! Lastly, as you can guess, they are really upset about what Target is doing. It’s okay to laugh, and never stop:

There is a jar-headish catch-phrase used in the Marine Corps that says, “Words mean things.” As silly as it sounds, it is eerily true. Lives depend, especially in combat, on speaking accurately and truthfully.The principle holds true regarding gender. Gender means things. … The Bible teaches that men are wired by God to protect and to pursue, so it is not surprising that they naturally like toys that by-and-large involve fighting, building, and racing. Women, on the other hand, are wired by God to nurture and to be pursued, so it is also not surprising that they largely enjoy playing with American Girl Dolls, Barbies, and Disney princess dresses.

You got that, ladies? You’re wired to be pursued. Nothing unsettling about that.  

Hey look a pro-homeopathy infographic that will make you want to throw things. 

A court in India bans the Jain practice of starving oneself for being akin to suicide, which is illegal. 

57% of Americans think GM foods are unsafe

Conservatives win a battle with the College Board to keep AP history from teaching the U.S.’s less desirable qualities, like, you know, southern support of slavery and that whole Manifest Destiny thing I mean what was that anyway who even cares right?

The FSM sightings keep coming. I sense a delicious rapture on the horizon.


Quote of the Day:

It’s Robert Ingersoll‘s birthday, so let’s get some wisdom from him, in which he praises this very blog! Okay, not this very blog, but heresy in general:

The heretics have not thought and suffered and died in vain. Every heretic has been, and is, a ray of light. 


Heresy is the eternal dawn, the morning star, the glittering herald of the day. Heresy is the last and best thought. It is the perpetual New World, the unknown sea, toward which the brave all sail. It is the eternal horizon of progress.

Heresy extends the hospitalities of the brain to a new thought.

Heresy is a cradle; orthodoxy, a coffin.  

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