Absurdly Lopsided
July 26, 2020

Jamie Hale, at his “Rationality of Science” column for CFI, counts all your neurons. Actually, he looks at how a strong sense of skepticism by one scientist changed so much about what is known about the workings of the brain. Stuart Vyse at Skeptical Inquirer looks at the efforts of skeptics in Brazil (specifically Instituto Questão de Ciência) to …

Fads and Fallacies
July 22, 2020

As part of a reference question I received during the recent pandemic, I looked back at the beginnings of the modern skeptical movement and was reminded of the writings of Martin Gardner. Those of you familiar with us know that Gardner had a very large influence on what became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) …

How Many Neurons Are In The Human Brain? A Journey To Find The Answer
July 22, 2020

When I was an undergraduate in graduate school, I learned the human brain consists of 100 billion neurons (Kolb and Whishaw 2009). This number was reported in scholarly journals, textbooks, and in college lectures. It was accepted as fact. I never saw a citation of an original source to support the claim, nor did I …

Organized Hypocrisy
July 14, 2020

By Paul Fidalgo,  The Morning Heresy, July 14, 2020 Katherine Stewart (The Good News Club) writes in the Daily Beast that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his “Commission on Unalienable Rights” represent the stirrings of religious authoritarianism in the U.S.: … the regime goes on to strip everyone else of their rights, bolster hyperconservative religious allies with public …

Graceless And Joyless
July 14, 2020

By  Paul Fidalgo, The Morning Heresy, July 13, 2020 This is fascinating. Fast Company reports on a study showing that a way to get people to share less misinformation online is for social media platforms to provide “accuracy nudges,” little prompts that prime the user to be ever-more-slightly skeptical. About one sixth of the members of the Mississippi legislature, …

Who To Marginalize Next
July 13, 2020

By Paul Fidalgo, The Morning Heresy for July 10, 2020 A few of the items you should know about: Anthony Fauci, a man in constant pain, tells FiveThirtyEight, “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.“ Pediatrician Phoebe Danziger at NYT: Get …

Texas Hospital Finds ‘Covid Party’ – Or Legend
July 13, 2020

“More likely, however, this is a news story reporting a rumor as fact, and if anything it reinforces, not undermines, the idea that covid parties are largely or wholly fictional.”

July 6, 2020

The Morning Heresy By Paul Fidalgo Tithe, Or Else Don’t forget: Today at 3pm ET, CFI’s Nick Little will take part in an online conversation with other freethought leaders about the horrendous Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Point your browser right here. David L. Franklin at Slate writes how the Espinoza decision reveals how the Roberts …

‘This Is America’ And The Ambiguity Of Memes
July 6, 2020

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper By Benjamin Radford Misleading memes are a dime a dozen, to use a phrase originating in the 1800s (though today they’re not only free but available by the tens of thousands). People who spend time on social media interact with them constantly, usually in the context of reading, endorsing, and …

The Morning Heresy for July 1, 2020 — Erroneous Views
July 1, 2020

After a couple of surprisingly good Supreme Court decisions, everyone here knew that the big shoe was going to drop and, you know, squash secularism. And squash it did. In the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled 5-4 that taxpayers can be made to subsidize religious schools. Our statement reads, …