A Single Menacing Blur
June 12, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

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


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

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


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

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


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

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. 

The Morning Heresy 6/6/12: No Archaeopteryx Allowed
June 6, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

So last night was interesting. Both in orbit around the Sun and in the voting booths of Wisconsin, two entirely predictable things happened that were also kind of stunning. Greg Laden is hopping mad about one of them (the one not about Earth’s sister planet), and Kylie Sturgess was hopping excited about the other (the one not about union-related political tumult).

The Morning Heresy 6/5/12: Damn You, Sling King
June 5, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Our spies on the ground in Indiana tell us that the weapon used to deface our billboard may have been this ridiculous contraption, the Sling King

Will Gervais talks about his research on the relationship between (the lack of) critical thinking and religiosity on the latest Point of Inquiry

The Morning Heresy 6/4/12: So-Called Paintball Experts
June 4, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Ed Brayton speaks on behalf of CFI-Michigan against hospital’s use of homeopathic and other nonscientific treatments 

Local news coverage (paywalled) on the CFI-Indiana billboard vandalism reports…

The Morning Heresy 6/1/12: Jen McCreight, Call Your Lawyer
June 1, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

The Religious Congregations & Membership Study looks at which states are the “most Christian,” and the award goes to Utah (if you count Mormons and UUs who self-identify as Christian). Least Christian? Why, that’d be my adopted home, Maine!

As Long as it’s Blue
May 31, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

It’s true, a CFI Living without Religion billboard was defaced in Indiana. As far as I know, we don’t know who did it or what their motivations were, though I presume the imagination reels.

CFI’s Michael De Dora eviscerates the claims to morality made by Rep. Paul Ryan about his budget proposal, and the very notion religiously-motivated legislation

Heat Death of the Cosmos
May 30, 2012


Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

You may not have noticed it, but yesterday, with his mainly ceremonial victory in the Texas primary, Mitt Romney passed the 1144-delegate threshold and became the first Mormon nominee for president by a major party.