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Skeptic Summary #26
By The Staff
Posted on: 2/4/2005
Dr. Mayr passes, impossibilities, Olympic math, tiny mummy, old-fashioned creationist, Sin City, Cold Reading, God and more!
Week ending February 4, 2005 (Vol 2, #5)
Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.
Evolution loses a friend - Or, more accurately, “the Darwin of the 20th century.”Kil’s Evil Pick:
Is Impossible, Impossible? - Why, that’s impossible.
Olympic myth? - Break out your calculators, folks.
Editor’s Choice: Pedro The Mountian Mummy - Wanted: dead or dead.
From the Archives: Question on Skeptics - A good, old-fashioned “skeptical” creationist.
Welcome to SINCITY… Penn and TellerNew Articles This Week:
Cold Reading - SFN member filthy gives us an overview of the ubiquity of the practice of cold reading, including some words on some famous cold readers.Chat Highlights:
Rationally Speaking N. 58, February 2005: God Did It, or Did He? - Massimo looks at God’s tragedies and miracles, and doesn’t particularly like what he sees.
Sunday: Hot babes in Hollywood (which almost derailed ), Steven Hawking, Siberia’s Photoshopped pictures prove her talent, Kubrick movies, music, and finally more puke stories. Interest in the Sunday chats seems to be increasing.New Members this Week:
Wednesday: Since no one seems to have actually seen Bush’s State of the Union address, chat quickly went off topic. Topics included wireless woes; admins to everybody: “You’re fired!”; long time, no see, Trish; ditto, ktesibios; no eggrolls for Kil?; and serious False Memory discussion.
Come chat with us.
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Mark Your Calendars:
There will be a “Conscious Life Expo” at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Feb 11- 13. Any SFN members who would like to experience a “New Age Expo” with an Evil Skeptic please contact Kil with a PM or an email, or a reply in this thread.Elsewhere in the World:
Who knows? Maybe this will lead to an “Evil Skeptic III” report…
Bad ScienceBook of the Week:
Claims of Invalid “Shroud” Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth
Congress frets over Hubble
Daring to tackle sex in Hinduism
New York Times: Teachers pressured to avoid evolution
What’s New by Bob Park
Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science by Horace Freeland Judson
“The Great Betrayal is not simply a narrative of scandals, but places various instances of scientific bad behavior in the context of general social pressures and their manifestation in the scientific community. He reminds us that the drive for economic success, personal power, and the gratification of one’s ego has led over and over to dishonesty, fraud, and wickedness in business, the church, and the state. Why do we think that the devotees of Newton’s laws will be more saintly than those ruled by Cardinal Law?”
— Richard C. Lewontin, New York Review of Books
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