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Skeptic Summary #28

By The Staff
Posted on: 2/19/2005

Lego my doctrine, computer hell, sky disc or frisbee, life on Mars, may the Schwartz avoid you, Miracle Thaw redux and more!

Week ending February 18, 2005 (Vol 2, #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:
A New Bible Version - Makes the Word come down like a ton of bricks.

Macs are based on Darwinism! - More importantly, Unix is apparently the spawn of Satan.

Nebra or Egyptian or Babylonian sky disc? - Or is it just what the experts think it is?

Editor’s Choice: Possible life on Mars - Yes? No? Crud.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
What if Gary Schwartz is right?, by Robert Todd Carroll
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Siberia’s Photoshop works for contests; Rapture Ready has a fan-mail section including negative mails ; A visitor from who discussed Psi-Balls, ESP, and Telepathy but got frustrated by the returned skepticism. Also: an interesting ghost story that included (differing) opinions from (independently consulted) Catholic priests who expressed concern regarding the ghostly phenomenon. Unusually strong disagreement on the origins and nature of ghostly phenomena. A more comprehensive summary can be found here.

Wednesday: Wednesday’s chat free-for-all went everywhere, as usual. The discussion started of with food (eggrolls) and drink (wine), and then, in a fasinating display of power, Cuneiformist managed to ban himself. Also: debating YECers; mind-reading your pet cat; grieving; the debate over Islam; psychic hucksters; and Ricky’s long night. Unfortunately, by the time Dr. Mabuse made it home from work, the chat was over. Next week, we’ll try and stay up a little later!

Come chat with us.
New Fan Mail:
Miracle Thaw Tray - Taking issue with the criticism of a kitchen gadget.
New Members this Week:
mike alexander
David Mc

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Kyoto gets the ‘green’ light

Last of ‘Fatima vision’ trio dies

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:
One True Doctrine, by Jim Babackis, Benita A. Chapman

“American today seems swamped by a rising tide of Christian Fundamentalism; images of its excesses are all over television, from the blatant “give me your money” shows to the news reports of Fundamentalist intolerance turned violent. Most sensible people (including most of ‘mainstream’ Christian communities) are aghast at this trend and wonder how this new fanaticism could develop within ‘the land of the free.’ One True Doctrine addresses some of the root causes of the Fundamentalist blight as it looks at the development of Christianity from a perspective outside of Biblical tradition (both authors are from the Wiccan tradition).”

— Midwest Book Review

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