Day: August 23, 2021

Participating in Humanist Communities Makes a Difference Cassandra Brandt Foundation Beyond Belief

Read More Foundation Beyond Belief Like many humanists I was raised religious. In the years that followed my apostasy, sometimes I missed the camaraderie and community: church potlucks, theatrical plays, holiday celebrations, and charitable volunteering and fundraising. Studies show that community is important for pro-social behavior, volunteerism, health, happiness, and well-being. Community connection can be …

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Tom Flynn, Giant of American Freethought, Has Died at Age 66 Paul Fidalgo News | Center for Inquiry

Read More News | Center for Inquiry The world has lost a towering figure of American freethought, a man who was both on the cutting edge of secular humanist thought, as well as the foremost caretaker of its rich history. The entire Center for Inquiry family is anguished by the sudden and unexpected death of …

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Representation Matters: Spotlight on State Senator Julie Mayfield,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This is part of theHumanist.com’s monthly 2021 series highlighting openly nonreligious elected officials across the nation. There are now more than 80 elected officials who identify with the atheist and humanist community. Prior to the 2016 election there were only 5 public nontheist state legislators but, because of our efforts, we have over 60 today—more …

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Carolyn Porco on the New Era of Space Exploration: Sept. 2 on Skeptical Inquirer Presents Paul Fidalgo News | Center for Inquiry

Read More News | Center for Inquiry Carolyn Porco: There Is No Planet B We have entered the era of New Space, when private interests have been given the green light and are finally making headway into the commercialization of the final frontier. Now that the spacefaring billionaires have come back down to Earth, it’s …

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Vatican Unnerved; Fears More Priests Will be Outed with Grindr Data P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic A month ago, the bombshell news about Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill’s resignation over strong allegations of sexual activities caused a sudden restructuring of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ top ranks. Msgr. Burrill’s activities related to his use of a gay dating app were documented using commercially available location-based signals from Grindr. …

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Brazilian Bishop Resigns Over Leaked Graphic Video P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic On August 18, 2021, Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva, 60, of the Catholic diocese of São José do Rio Preto, resigned. The resignation happened days after a video leaked where he is seen playing with his genitals. Around the same time da Silva submitted his resignation, he also acknowledged that the …

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The Secular Coalition for American Educates Senator on the Pledge Andrew McCarty Secular Coalition for America

Read More Secular Coalition for America Last month Senator Mike Braun, (R-Indiana) introduced a Senate Resolution ostensibly simply supporting the Pledge of Allegiance. In fact a significant portion of the text summarizes the legal history behind the religious controversies arising from reciting the Pledge in schools, primarily the dispute over the addition of “under God”. …

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Fire, malfunction, North Korea, or something else: What really happened to flight MH370?,Brandon Ang,The Skeptic

Often, the difference between a conspiracy theory and the truth is who said it. Let us look at Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The inconclusive search for the airliner and the lack of an official consensus regarding its disappearance has set the world buzzing for the truth. In the seven years since its disappearance, we have …

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When it comes to research, so-called alternative medicine is hostile to progress,Edzard Ernst,The Skeptic

Research is the process of discovering new knowledge. There are three somewhat overlapping types of research: Exploratory research tackles a problem that has not yet been clearly defined and aims to gain a better understanding of the nature of the issues involved with a view of conducting more in-depth investigations at a later stage.Descriptive research …

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Behind the slick production values of “The Reason I Jump”, lies Facilitated Communication,Janyce Boynton,The Skeptic

If we set aside for a moment that the foundational underpinnings of the new documentary “The Reason I Jump” is a pseudoscientific practice called Facilitated Communication (FC), it is quite a cinematic and emotional movie. It is arguably the best pro-FC film to date. The imagery and sound score are gorgeous, as are the passages …

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