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Skeptic Summary #13

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/5/2004

The Air Force, the flying brain, the Redskins, the fence-sitters, and more!

Week ending November 5, 2004 (Vol 1, #13)

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:
Another reason to move to Canada - Honest, it’s not about the election. Really.

Artificial Intelligence just got more complicated - And it may not have done much for the safety of flight, either.

Editor’s Choice: Will the election be decided the October 31? - Just like the Red Sox, the Redskins shake off 76 years of tradition.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Fence-Sitting, by Dave W. - Should we try to convince the fence-sitters instead of the believers? You bet, but there are good and bad ways to go about it, and the fence may not sit where you think it does.
New Article this Week:
I, Robot by Massimo Pigliucci - Massimo seeks the mind-body connection.
New Members this Week:
Paul Mottley

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Top Ten Articles Viewed in October:
  1. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (167 views)

  2. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (161 views)

  3. Evil Skeptic II: A visit to The Conscious Living Expo (151 views)

  4. Skeptic Summary #9 (136 views)

  5. I Am the Very Model of a Skeptic Evangelical (122 views)

  6. Drug Companies and Patents (116 views)

  7. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (107 views)

  8. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (106 views)

  9. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (102 views)

  10. Spam Scams and Slams (101 views)
Top Ten Search Engine Referral Phrases This Week:
  1. scary email

  2. skeptic

  3. skeptic friends

  4. judicial restraint judicial activism

  5. miracle thaw

  6. sylvia brown

  7. pips scam

  8. creationism evolution

  9. bible answer man

  10. PIPS investment scam

Elsewhere in the World:
FDA Unveils New Rules For Supplement Labels

Report Sounds Alarm on Pace of Arctic Climate Change

Skeptics Discount Low Hum Theories

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:
Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism, by Robert T. Pennock

“The face of creationism has been through some major plastic surgery in the past decade or so. The leading proponents of “intelligent design theory” have left the ranting flat-earth types behind and found respected positions in the academic world from which to launch attacks on mainstream science. Philosopher of science Robert T. Pennock has explored all sides of the ongoing debate, which remains (despite the protestations of many creationists) more about biblical inerrancy than scientific evidence. His book Tower of Babel examines the new directions antievolutionists have taken lately, but goes beyond a mere recounting of recent history by proposing a new avenue of counterattack: linguistics.”

— Editorial Review

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