We Had All Sorts of Hats
November 12, 2018


Before we get into the news, I want to encourage everyone, especially parents of young kids, to check out the Netflix series Brainchild. Think of it as a kind of Bill Nye the Science Guy meets The Electric Company meets Adam Ruins Everything. It’s so good. The host, Sahana Srinivasan, is excellent, and it has …

Bears Pose a Hazard to Health
November 9, 2018


Oooooooooh crap. The new Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, seems to think that the Bible supersedes the law: Natural law often times is used from the eye of the beholder and what I would like to see — I’d like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? …

Round Electrons and Dust Moons
November 8, 2018


Okay, I understand that there is a lot going on in the news right now, all of which is deeply consequential, but, people, wake up: Earth has two additional dust-cloud moons!!! And they’re huge! I mean…I mean…come on!!! Dust moons!!! Jeff Sessions gets the boot. No word on whether the Religious Liberty Task Force laid …

Existentially Muddled
November 7, 2018


So midterms election night was something of a pinball game for the brain, what with one’s head being knocked around, left and right, up and down, never quite knowing what was going to happen. As Claire Malone at FiveThirtyEight rightly points out, “the 2018 midterm elections were without a cohesive narrative”: Instead, the election was …

If They Do Not Yield
November 6, 2018


Happy Election Day, the day when we all gather around our cable news campfires and talk about how things could have possibly gone so badly. Here’s a roundup from Hemant Mehta of the nonreligious candidates running all over the country and Business Insider has the lucky-13 scientists running for Congress. Our policy guy Jason Lemieux …

The Spiritual Host of Wickedness
November 5, 2018


I’m back. Lucky you. First, just enjoy the crap out of this faux-documentary on “the migration of the skeptic” from QEDcon by Sir David Attenborough. It’s magnificent. It’s the day before Election Day and I don’t think you’re frightened enough. So here’s Katherine Stewart (The Good News Club author) in the New York Times on the …

Big Discounts on Curse-Lifting
October 30, 2018


If it’s not already clear as to why Trump has not yet fired Jeff Sessions, who he obviously hates, it’s probably because so many of Trump’s backers just love this. NBC News reports: After the nation’s highest court ruled last year that states cannot refuse all financial aid to churches, Sessions said Monday that the …

Future Memorials
October 29, 2018


I’ve been sick. I still kinda am. But here I am nonetheless because heresy never sleeps. I mean, I do. I sleep. Anyway. Of course you already know about the massacre in Pittsburgh and the pipe bombs delivered to Trump critics. I mention these because of course they are fueled by conspiracy theories and misinformation …

Worse Than the Galactica Finale
October 25, 2018


Hi again. The Heresy has been away for a bit due to CSICon last week and then getting some kind of virus this week, which I’m still fighting. Because what infects you in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas. Anyway, it’s been a while, so let’s burn through this. CSICon 2018 happened! Lucky for you, …

Thank the Motherland!
October 16, 2018


Let’s rip this band-aid off: I will no longer be hosting Point of Inquiry; I voluntarily stepped aside because I simply couldn’t make the time for it to do the show justice. But I am very glad about who will be hosting it: Kavin Senapathy and James Underdown. The show is in excellent hands. Kavin …