Category Archives: paranormal

May 19 in freethought history…

May 19, 1487 – The Faculty of Theology of the University of Cologne issues a unanimous approbation of the recently published book Malleus maleficarum (“Hammer of the Witches”), which insisted on the reality of witchcraft, described its supposed practices, and offered guidance … Continue reading

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May 10 in freethought history…

May 10, 1872 - Victoria Woodhull, advocate for “free love” and women’s rights, becomes the first female candidate (representing the Equal Rights Party) for President of the United States. Sorry, Hillary. May 10, 1967 – Author and documentarian Jon Ronson is … Continue reading

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January 24 in freethought history…

January 24, 2003 – The documentary program Penn & Teller: Bullshit! begins its run on cable TV channel Showtime. Over eight years and 89 episodes, professional magicians and skeptics Penn Jillette and his ever-mute partner Teller debunked (using lots of profanity) a … Continue reading

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October 18 in freethought history…

October 18, 1980 – Rebecca Watson, founder of the Skepchick blog and (until recently) a co-host of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, is born. In addition to her ongoing promotion of scientific skepticism, Watson has led the charge in encouraging diversity … Continue reading

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July 31 in freethought history…

July 31, 1921 – Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International, is born in London. July 31, 1951 – Publisher and atheist activist E. Haldeman-Julius is found dead in his swimming pool in Girard, Kansas, one day after his 62nd birthday. Haldeman-Julius was best known … Continue reading

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Podcast #193 – Kicking Open the Closet in Sports

The sports world continues to be rocked by controversy over gay rights. NFL punter Chris Kluwe (who’s straight, for what it’s worth) claims he was let go because of his advocacy for gay rights. (Kluwe is also the author of … Continue reading

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Podcast #61 – Adventures in Cobb County

“Ufologist” and Young Earth Creationist Gary Bates of Creation Ministries International presented “Aliens, UFOs and the Bible” on July 18th at the Sewell Mill Baptist Church in Marietta, GA.  We (John and Allison) were there, but the building did not … Continue reading

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Podcast #60 – 40th anniv. of Apollo 11 with Seth Shostak

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11!  On July 20, 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on another world.  Our special guest this time is Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with … Continue reading

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Podcast #57 – Bruce M. Hood

We interview Bruce M. Hood, author of SuperSense, which theorizes a genetic predisposition toward religious belief, superstition, and other irrational behaviors (and that includes you, too, atheists!). Read John’s review of SuperSense, or buy your very own copy (highly recommended) … Continue reading

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Just in time for D-Day?

Here’s a family who just published a book on June 5th–the day before D-Day–claiming that their five-year-old son is a reincarnated WWII pilot.   How can this not screw up this kid?

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