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Skeptic Summary #5

By The Staff
Posted on: 9/10/2004

Artificial intelligence, SETI revisited, picturesque balloon, creationists, book queries, paranoia and more!

Week ending September 10, 2004 (Vol 1, #5)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

Forum Highlights:
A.I. Possible? - What do you think about the limits of machine intelligence?

SETI - Looks like last week’s SETI@Home news was premature.

Virgin Mary Sighted on Balloon - And there’s Jesus on my pancake!

What field of science agrees with Creationists? - Well, if theology is a science…

Editor’s Choice: Ricky’s questions/comments on Demon Haunted World - Remember, folks, skepticism has no authorities so grand they cannot be questioned.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
The PQ Test - Are you a conspiracy buff? Find out with our exclusive, self-scoring PQ (Paranoia Quotient) test.
New Members this Week:

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Mark Your Calendars:
The Question of God - Airing on PBS on September 15th and 22nd, 2004

International Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th, every year (just for fun, not for skepticism)
Elsewhere in the World:
French Egyptologists Defend Pyramid Theory

Genesis Space Capsule Crashes

Hurricane damage puts shuttle schedule up in the air again

Likely First Photo of Planet beyond the Solar System

Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 46

What’s New by Bob Park

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Book of the Week:
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, by Kristina Borjesson (Editor), Gore Vidal (Foreword)

More issues of the Skeptic Summary can be found in our archive.

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