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Skeptic Summary #30

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/4/2005

Brights, geniuses, physicists, biochemists, historicists, creationists, a damned game and more!

Week ending March 4, 2005 (Vol 2, #9)

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:
Brights? - What’s in a name, anyway?

The geniuses at AIG are at it again - Get out your bathroom scales, folks, and support the idea that the Earth weighs just a few pounds.

The Law of Perception - A new law of physics? Do tell

Editor’s Choice: ccdi9 revisited - I really hope that someday, somehow, this madness gets resolved for good.

From the Archives: Did Jesus Really Exist? - Well?
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Creation Watch
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Moderation lasted only three hours. During that time the following was discussed: Wine (red and white, Rioja and Riesling); Movies; The Pope and his flu; Dungeons & Dragons books in the Forgotten Realms setting. After the moderator logged off: Siberia’s Photoshopped pictures; ghosts and ghost stories; and Trish’s profession.

Wednesday: Changes at work, good deals and new opportunies? Movies; A new anecdote about a possible ghost-sighting (that was dismissed), do they appear if you have worked yourself up into the right mood? A funny story about Jehova’s Witnesses using garlic as repellant. The new addictive online game. Prayer in school. And that damned addictive online game!

Come chat with us.
New SFN Articles this Week:
And They Say Liberals Are Whiny! - Massimo discusses the last bastion of liberalism in America, the university.

Hank Cleaned Tommy’s Clock for a Reason - Well, somebody’s clock is getting cleaned, but it doesn’t look like it’s Tommy’s.
New Members this Week:

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Court backs atheist mother in Scouts case

Uproar Predicted If Justices Remove Public Ten Commandments Displays

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:
Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind, by David Livingstone Smith

“Now, for the first time, philosopher and evolutionary psychologist David Livingstone Smith elucidates the essential role that deception and self-deception have played in human — and animal — evolution and shows that the very structure of our minds has been shaped from our earliest beginnings by the need to deceive. Smith shows us that by examining the stories we tell, the falsehoods we weave, and the unconscious signals we send out, we can learn much about ourselves and how our minds work.

Readers of Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker will find much to intrigue them in this fascinating book, which declares that our extraordinary ability to deceive others — and even our own selves — ‘lies’ at the heart of our humanity.”

— Product Description

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