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Skeptical Inquirer Investigates High School Mass Hysteria
June 20, 2012

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In 2011, fifteen students at Le Roy Central School in Western New York simultaneously began experiencing bizarre physical symptoms of an unknown origin, including twitching, facial tics, and garbled speech.

The Kids and Their Jungle Music
June 20, 2012


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I’m completely stressed out about the CFI Student Leadership Conference this weekend. I’m giving a presentation (tentatively titled “Super-Awesome PR Pro-Tips That Will Help You Become Famous and Lose Weight!” — But that’s only if Lauren Becker will let me keep it that way), I’m going to meet lots of important folks from the secular and skeptic movements who are sure to make me very nervous, and of course, I have to find some way to pass myself off as modern and relevant to all the young people who are into that loud jungle music with all those words that you can’t even understand and why don’t they get haircuts and jobs? It may be more than I can handle.

The Best Possible Time to Be Alive
June 19, 2012


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Yesterday, CFI organized a protest outside the Indonesian Embassy to demand the release and exoneration of Alexander Aan, beaten by a mob and convicted of “spreading religious hatred” via his atheism and satirical Facebook posts. Our boss Ron Lindsay reports that the folks within the embassy were definitely paying attention (how often does their embassy get protests?) so we at least know that our message was heard. Here are some pics, and our thanks to those who helped spread the word.

Let’s Get it Aan
June 18, 2012


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Over the weekend, CFI roundly condemned the blasphemy conviction of atheist Alexander Aan in Indonesia, and is organizing a protest for his freedom outside the Indonesian embassy in Washington at 2pm. Details are here. If you’re in the area, show the Indonesian authorities — and Alex — that we demand his freedom, and that we are paying attention.

Therefore it’s Not Happening
June 13, 2012


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Quick note: I’m dragging my kid to see family this weekend, so there will probably not be a Morning Heresy tomorrow (Friday). But don’t worry, nothing interesting will happen.  

Media outlets are abuzz over recent Pew data that shows millennials belief in God dropping pretty quickly…

The Most Disdained Group of All
June 13, 2012


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There’s some religious ugliness in the news today, folks, so if you’re looking to start your day with smoke coming out your ears, you’ve come to the right place. But let’s start with some very good news!

North Dakota’s “Measure 3,” which would have allowed religious belief as an excuse to avoid compliance with all kinds of laws, and which CFI urged voters to oppose, was defeated yesterday! Roundly defeated, even, 64% to 36%.

A Single Menacing Blur
June 12, 2012


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CFI chief Ron Lindsay blogs about balls. Okay, get it out of your system. Now. Once you’re done tittering about it, read the thing, because there’s an important message:

Language is powerful. Language not only expresses our thoughts, it shapes them. “Balls” is in common use, and that’s precisely part of the problem. It’s embedded so much in our language that we don’t notice it, but that simply means our sexism is burrowed in deep. 

Worse than Useless
June 11, 2012


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Must-read for science-loving secu-skepties at the New Yorker: Why the hell do we have so much trouble accepting science? Un-learning:

. . . science education is not simply a matter of learning new theories. Rather, it also requires that students unlearn their instincts, shedding false beliefs the way a snake sheds its old skin.

The Morning Heresy 6/8/12: The Garden of Your Mind
June 8, 2012


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First things: Kylie Sturgess posts your must-view video of the day, a love note to all the trolls and haters out there. Now, it’s NSFW, but it’s delightful and you need it running through your head as your go about your day. So if you’re at the office, put on some headphones and maybe crouch really close to your display. Ready? Aaaaaaaaand CLICK!

The Morning Heresy 6/7/12: Meme Abuse
June 7, 2012


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Now look. I know there is a lot of debate going on in the skepto-atheosphere, much of it very necessary (and some of it very much not). And that’s fine. That’s what we do. We make assertions, we question, we argue, and sometimes things get heated or personal. It’s hard to avoid, because as rational as we aspire to be, we are still human. But to my mind, one aspect of all this arguing (much of it going on within the Freethought Blogs network, much of it on Twitter) has crossed a line. A dangerous one.