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Skeptic Summary #10
By The Staff
Posted on: 10/15/2004
Not that debate, ponzi defense, poll questions, the fiction channel, help for the hoax-challenged, modern myths and more!
Week ending October 15, 2004 (Vol 1, #10)
Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.
Debate, first round - Yes, it’s finally begun.Kil’s Evil Pick:
Investment schemes - Oh, just hand over your money to us already! (Related FTC Info)
Poll Suggestions - The SFN polling feature is underutilized, but you can help!
Proof Positive - How many people will believe the Science Fiction Channel?
Editor’s Choice: In Need of Devious Minds - One of SFN’s own needs help pranking the credulous.
Urban Legends Reference PagesNew Members this Week:
NGRTop Ten Search Engine Referral Phrases This Week:
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- www.isbushwired.com (zillions of variations)
- PIPS Scams (jollypipster)
- Pureinvestor (scam)
- Mt St. Helens
- Presidential debate
- Keith Miller (messerschmitt)
- Sylvia Browne
- Miracle Thaw
Elsewhere in the World:
If You Secretly Like Michael Bolton, We’ll KnowBook of the Week:
Study: Human lie detectors rarely wrong
‘Superman’ Star Christopher Reeve Dead at 52
What’s New by Bob Park
Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time, by Michael Shermer
“UFO abductions… television psychics… creationism… Holocaust denial. Faced with the rapid changes and anxiety of modern life, many people are turning to the alluring comforts of pseudoscience and the occult. In Why People Believe Weird Things, science historian Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and director of the Skeptics Society, explores the very human reasons we find supernatural phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.”
— Amazon review
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