The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. (Note: Paul is gone the rest of the week. Today’s guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.) As I type, Pope Francis is addressing Congress. You’re lucky I chose to go into work instead of staying in my car to keep listening, because otherwise the Heresy would be done from my phone and probsby looj loke thos. Tomorrow there will be more analyses of what he said, but for now it’s safe to say that he’s not shying away from calling out (in a very holy manner, of course) members of Congress for their xenophobia toward immigrants, devotion to capitalism, and “simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil.” I can see the Upworthy headline now: “Watch Pope Francis THROW SOME SERIOUS SHADE on members of Congress. You WON’T BELIEVE what he says at 3:46.”
The Guardian has a piece on why many non-Catholics love the Pope. I didn’t read it, so I’m going to assume it’s because crucifix necklaces are SO in this season.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down yesterday as a result of his company’s use of software that passes emissions tests despite the vehicles not actually being up to environmental standards. Das auto…matically terms for firing.
Scientific American gives some background on the conditions that contribute to this kind of cheating. And while I was on the Scientific American site, I came across this chart from a week ago showing how much various countries spend on science. Worth a look!
Neato, someone has a piece about how Dawkins and Maher and their brand of militant atheism are bad *yawn.*
Dan Rather writes about how America has a serious science problem, and it’s not just the Republicans:
If you excoriate climate change deniers along the lines that there is overwhelming scientific evidence for manmade climate change, you can’t ignore the fact that that same scientific consensus exists on the safety of GMOs. You can argue that GMOs aren’t as important a problem as climate change. And that may be true. But the anti-science spirit remains the same, and that is dangerous. This isn’t to say we can’t have a debate about how we use GMOs or how we respond to climate change. We just can’t ignore the science.
SportsGrid has an opinion piece on how religion in sports is the reason why Tim Tebow’s name won’t go away, despite him being a pretty bad quarterback. Hey, perhaps this is just the alliance the atheist movement needs; with serious sports fans getting behind our cause, maybe we’ll finally get proper news coverage, or at the very least, decent graphics.
This is cool: a study was done showing how tiny robots could suck carbon dioxide out of the ocean. If only they could live in my sink and clean my dishes, amirite??
Another thing that’s cool: this multimedia piece at the Boston Museum of Science that “combines music, stunning visual effects and live readings to bring science to the general public in ways that only a few years ago would be unthinkable.” Hey Ron, does CFI ever take field trips?
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