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No Sleep for the Pious

August 31, 2020

According to a study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, atheists get better sleep than the religious. This is ironic, because I sleep terribly overslept this morning, which is why the Heresy is so late today.

The video of the Skeptical Inquirer Presents event with Carol Tavris on cognitive dissonance is now online. I really liked this one.

Susan Gerbic on psychics at Skeptical Inquirer: “Realize that there are many ways, maybe even hundreds of ways a psychic could know something specific about you.”

Jamie Hale at the CFI blog on “neuromyths”: “Neuroseduction reflects the tendency for people to accept unsupported, unclear conclusions when those conclusions are accompanied by neuroscience explanations.”


Two economists write in USA Today that most Americans are either being way too careless or way too cautious about COVID-19: “Misinformed citizens are unlikely to appropriately assess the risks.”

Adi Robertson on the CDC’s new testing “guidelines”: “The agency tasked with fighting the worst pandemic in a century recommended surrender.

Skeptical Raptor: If the FDA issues an emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s going to do a lot of damage to trust in legitimate vaccines.

I can’t believe we live in a time when a paper in Science needs to warn us about “homebrew vaccines.”

Yahoo News on Florida’s governor DeSantis sidelining health officials: “The result has been an unmitigated disaster, with Florida now home to more than half a million coronavirus cases and 10,000 COVID-19 deaths.”

More than 100 cases of COVID-19 are linked to the big motorcycle rally in South Dakota.

Harvard Political Review: The public’s lack of trust in expertise and the media has “set the stage for the disbelief of science during this trying time, putting millions of people in danger.”


Jonathan Jarry debunks the stupid idea that patents related to the word “coronavirus” (which applies to many viruses) prove that the pandemic was engineered on purpose. (Does ANY of what’s going on look like it was done on purpose?)

Nautilus on how pseudoscientists get away with it: “The frauds and paranoid conspiracy-mongers who would perpetrate false science on a susceptible public are at least recognizing the value of science—they imitate it.”

Conspiracy theorists are engaging in “digital warfare” against established news outlets reporting on the pandemic, flooding Facebook posts of not-fake news articles with threats and abuse, forcing them to be pulled down.

KREM news in Spokane: No, COVID-19 death counts are not being inflated.

Michael Schaller at the Arizona Daily Star: Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. Of course apple pie isn’t even American, but THEY don’t want you to know that.


The Guardian profiles Alice Roberts, president of Humanists UK and co-author of The Little Book of Humanism.

An atheist writes to The Courier about the new not-blasphemy-but-sort-of-blasphemy hate crime law in Scotland: “It will enable the prosecution of all Scotland’s religions and their Holy Books for spreading hatred.”

Sports atheism. That’s a thing?

Religion Dispatches talks to Khyati Y. Joshi about the Christian part of white Christian privilege:

Well we focus on white supremacy when we’re looking at race, but it’s really beyond my understanding how we don’t notice the Christian element. I mean let’s be clear: the Klan’s not burning poles, it’s burning crosses, right? White Christian men aren’t shooting up shopping centers; they’re shooting up Black churches, gurdwaras, and synagogues, right? Historically it wasn’t teachers going out to convert and beat the Indian out of the Indian child. It was missionaries, right? So we’ve got to see how Christianity was just made normative.


We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.


Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI. Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is.



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