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Skeptic Summary #7

By The Staff
Posted on: 9/24/2004

Divine questions, a new fallacy, psychic help (or not), smog for health, Bible incest and more!

Week ending September 24, 2004 (Vol 1, #7)

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:
3=1 - trinity, schminity, why does it have to be so freakin’ complicated?

A novel creationist argument - and the coining of the non-true-Scotsman-sequitor fallacy.

Can psychics really see the past/future? - but you knew this thread was coming, didn’t you?

Ozone - no, it is still not safe to breathe.

Editor’s Choice: Biblical brothers and sisters doing it? - note that the one person who should be able to answer the question, instead starts talking about Freemasons.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! - For some reason, nobody was surprised by this.
SFN Website Changes:
The old “S-Files” article category has been renamed — after much discussion — to “Skeptillaneous,” a change which has been a long time coming. The articles are still there, it’s just the name of the category which has been modified. We’re much happier with the new name, and hope it makes more sense.
New Members this Week:
Dr Pepper

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Coming Real Soon:
The Skeptical Exposition, at the University of Toronto, is tomorrow, September 25th, 2004.
“If you have psychic powers, you could win a thousand dollars at the Skeptical Exposition… The free contest lets attendees test their ESP by predicting the contents of five envelopes. Participants can view, in advance, the full set of images from which the pictures were chosen.”
Read more about it!
Happening Now:
Hollywood Hellhouse - “Want to know what’s going on in the rest of the country? Curious what the religious right is up to? Check out this walk-through theater verite production of HOLLYWOOD HELL HOUSE and experience the Christian right’s newest conversion tool as written word for word by the Abundant Life Christian Center.”

Visit this thread for information about the SFN field trip to the Hellhouse.
Elsewhere in the World:
Sex Enhancement Pills Fall Short

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 47

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:
Secrets of the Supernatural: Investigating the World’s Occult Mysteries, by Joe Nickell, John F. Fischer

“It’s just what it claims to be. Joe Nickell, a professional private investigator, and John F. Fischer, a professional forensic examiner, use a combination of excellent research and common sense to track down the answers to ten classic mysteries, all fomerly written off as purely supernatural. In this entertaining book they give all the details of their investigations and display all the evidence that supports their conclusions; it’s bound to upset some, but this book is a must read for all that are serious about investigation of anomalies.”

Anomalies Review

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