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Missionaries of Hate

- - Top Documentary Films - 22 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Mike for the link Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to...

TAGGED: HARM, HATE, IRRATIONALITY

eBay Bans Magic Potions, Curses, Spells

Lyneka Little - ABC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

Looking a for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned $51 demon-obliterating potion...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PSEUDOSCIENCE

$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality

Bettye Miller - UCR Today - 04 August 2012 Comments

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded philosopher John Martin Fischer $5 million to study issues related to immortality. For millennia, humans have pondered their mortality and whether death...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

North Carolina Sea Level Rises Despite State Senators

Leigh Phillips - Scientific American - 03 July 2012 Comments

Could nature be mocking North Carolina's law-makers? Less than two weeks after the state's senate passed a bill banning state agencies from reporting that sea-level rise is accelerating, research...

TAGGED: ENVIRONMENT, GENERAL INTEREST, IRRATIONALITY

Saudi man executed for 'witchcraft and sorcery'

- - BBC News - 19 June 2012 Comments

A Saudi man has been beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft, the state news agency SPA says. The man, Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri, was found in possession of books and talismans, SPA...

TAGGED: HARM, IRRATIONALITY

Petition to defend Indian rationalist from false accusations

Caspar Melville - New Humanist - 07 June 2012 26 Comments

Our friend and colleague Sanal Edamaruku, the President of the Indian Rationalist Association, is facing arrest for exposing a fraudulent ‘miracle’ in a Catholic Church - the Archdiocese of Mumbai...

TAGGED: ACTIVISM, IRRATIONALITY, LAW, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

Kylie Sturgess - CSI - 07 June 2012 7 Comments

At the World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, a prominent poster display by Leo Igwe featured graphic accounts of the trials that he and many of his supporters have faced in Africa—their work to oppose...

TAGGED: INTERVIEWS, IRRATIONALITY, REASON

Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

Lauren Pond - Washington Post - 01 June 2012 76 Comments

This is what I saw through my camera lens: Pastor Randy “Mack” Wolford, tossing and turning on the couch in his mother-in-law’s West Virginia trailer, suffering from the pain of a rattlesnake bite...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, RELIGION

Is Richard Dawkins an ape?

Vasko Kohlmayer - The Washington Times - 18 March 2012 90 Comments

MOSCOW , March 17, 2012—In an interview with a black African bishop, the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins identified himself as an African ape.  “I am an ape. I am an...

TAGGED: CREATIONISM, IRRATIONALITY, RICHARD DAWKINS

Refute This, Hoax Lovers: More Proof Men Totally Walked on the Moon

Amy_Teitel - Mother Board - 09 March 2012 45 Comments

Sorry, Moon hoax conspiracy theorists, but NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter keeps shooting holes in your arguments. The probe has entered a low enough orbit to photograph in beautiful detail...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY

The world has forgotten the real victims of Fukushima

Michael Hanlon - The Telegraph - 21 February 2012 33 Comments

Force of nature: a boat washed up in Miyagi prefecture. Photo: AFP/GETTY I watched the terrible events which took place in Japan on March 11 last year with an appalled fascination. The first...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, MEDIA, SCIENCE

Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era'

Robin McKie - The Observer - 20 February 2012 27 Comments

Thanks to Derek Morr for the link. Researchers attending one of the world's major academic conferences 'are scared to death of the anti-science lobby' The vast majority of scientists on...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, SCIENCE

While temperatures rise, denialists reach lower

Phil Plait - Bad Astronomy - 31 January 2012 83 Comments

Over the weekend, two amazingly bad articles were published about climate change. Both were loaded with mistakes, misinterpretations, and outright misinformation, and are simply so factually wrong...

TAGGED: EARTH SCIENCES, IRRATIONALITY

Ringing in 2012 with…antivaccine propaganda?

David H. Gorski - Science-Based Medicine - 29 December 2011 23 Comments

Here we go again. In fact, I think I’m starting to see a pattern here among antivaccine organizations. You might remember that in November 2010, the antivaccine group SafeMinds bought ad space...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, MEDICINE

Endangered and in demand

Duncan Graham-Rowe - Nature - 28 December 2011 13 Comments

With an ingredients list that includes rhino horn and tiger bone, traditional Asian medicine is on a collision course with wildlife preservation. It looks innocuous enough: a small vial bearing a...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, IRRATIONALITY, REASON

Saudi woman beheaded for 'sorcery'

- - Daily Star - 12 December 2011 64 Comments

A Saudi woman was beheaded Monday after being convicted of practising sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the Interior Ministry said. Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was...

TAGGED: HARM, IRRATIONALITY

Burzynski: A perfect storm?

Keir Liddle - The Twenty-First Floor - Window or Door? - 05 December 2011 3 Comments

If there is one thing you can safely say about the recent explosion of interest in the Burzynski clinic and its antineoplasteon therapy it’s that it has been something of a perfect storm for...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, MEDICINE

'Harry Potter and yoga are evil', says Catholic Church exorcist

Nick Squires - The Telegraph - 26 November 2011 74 Comments

Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and claims to have cleansed hundreds of people of evil spirits, said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Atheist Ugandan works his magic on British humanists

Matthew Cresswell - guardian.co.uk - 15 October 2011 13 Comments

'Uganda lives under the shadow of the proposed anti-gay bill, which suggests the death penalty in some cases.' Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA An atheist talkshow host and 12 "like-minded people"...

TAGGED: CULTS, HARM, IRRATIONALITY

Guest post: Baroness Greenfield, junk neuroscience, and the dangers of video games

Tom Chivers - The Telegraph - 15 October 2011 34 Comments

Baroness Greenfield Dr Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist at Cardiff University and the author of the Science Digestive blog , has kindly written the following guest post, in response to yet...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY