Day: September 21, 2021

You have my full support, FFRF’s Seidel tells exvangelicals czimmerman@ffrf.org (Casandra Zimmerman) News Release Archives – Freedom From Religion Foundation – Freedom From Religion Foundation

Read More News Release Archives – Freedom From Religion Foundation – Freedom From Religion Foundation In a new column for Religion Dispatches, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel is offering backing to people questioning their faith. Seidel’s “A love letter to #exvangelicals and those deconstructing their toxic faith” was published Monday afternoon. “This …

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Are the claims for using coffee waste in the garden well grounded?,Sarah Hearne,The Skeptic

Once upon a time, gardening was about asserting dominance over nature, and creating order out of chaos. Stern men with a slew of chemicals would remove or kill anything that prevented their vision of uniformly green lawns and regimented borders of flowers. In recent years, however, this approach has fallen out of favour for a …

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Do astrologers have to believe in astrology?,Nick Campion,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 15, Issue 2, from 2002. The skeptic movement’s historic task is to counter the rise in belief in paranormal claims – a goal enshrined in the Humanist denunciation of astrology in 1975, in this case specifically to reverse the increased acceptance of astrology. The trouble is that …

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Misleading propaganda from ‘Care Not Killing’ is designed to poison the well on assisted dying,Brian Eggo,The Skeptic

Euthanasia. Now there’s a conversation killer. How ironic. Death in general is hard enough to consider. What about a painful death? What about a painful death of someone you love? It’s pretty easy to push those thoughts aside. Or at least, it is until it happens. If you haven’t had the experience of a loved …

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Behind the times: living in a modern era doesn’t inoculate us against believing in curses,Deborah Hyde,The Skeptic

On the 15th of August 1950, forty-year-old Carl Walters of Rogersville, Tennessee walked into a store where Alberta and Alta Gibbons, mother and daughter, were drinking soda. He said “This is gone far enough”, and shot Alberta, who was holding her baby. The older woman pleaded for her life but was also shot. Both died. …

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The conspiracy theorists scaremongering about UN Agenda 21 have obviously not read Agenda 21,Mark Horne,The Skeptic

There is nothing exciting or sexy about a non-binding multinational attempt to develop a sustainable approach to meeting human development goals “while simultaneously sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services on which the economy and society depend.”  If only there was a kernel of excitement – perhaps we …

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A case of spirits: a look at the history of spirit photography,Chris Willis,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 15, Issue 2, from 2002. The camera cannot lie – or can it? From the mid-Victorian era to the 1920s, thousands of people were hoaxed by photos which supposedly proved the existence of ghosts. A fascinating selection of such photographs has been put online by the American …

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eSkeptic for September 21, 2021 Skeptic Skeptic

Read More Skeptic In episode 211, Michael Shermer speaks with Ashley Rindsberg about his book The Gray Lady Winked in which he pulls back the curtain to reveal an eye-opening, often shocking, look at the New York Times’s greatest journalistic failures, so devastating they changed the course of history.