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Obliterating

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 20, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Happy 50th birthday, fake Bigfoot footage.

Smarmy-faced Nazi dirtbag Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida yesterday, and all but select journalists were kept from bringing anything like notebooks or writing utensils into the venue. Nonetheless, somehow the LA Times reports:

Spencer initially protested the boos as suppression of his speech but later began taking questions from audience members who variously asked why he hadn’t left yet or how he could form a white ethno-state without performing violent ethnic cleansing. 

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The ‘Science Can’t Explain!’ Fallacy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
October 19, 2017

When reading claims of baffled scientists and skeptics, remember: "Can't" isn't the same as "didn't try."

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Put Down That Placenta!

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 19, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Because I was gone for a while, the Cause & Effect newsletter is kind of long this week. Or rather, packed with awesomeness.

You gotta see this: David Cowan, a well known Silicon Valley venture capitalist and member of CFI's board, plays a version of himself in this fake documentary series taking a skeptical look at the tech startup culture, Bubbleproof. I did not know he could act, especially the whole "I'm uncomfortable and afraid to show it" shtick. Well done.

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The Aliens Had Mentioned Isis

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 18, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

Mark Oppenheimer profiles Rabbi Robert Barr, candidate for the U.S. House in Ohio's first District. What's most notable about Barr's affiliation is not that he is a rabbi, but that he subscribes to humanistic Judaism. BUT DON'T GET THE WRONG IDEA:

I’m not an atheist. ... My relationship to God has always been private. Everyone should have that right. I have never made the congregation about my personal beliefs.

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