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Skeptic Summary #33

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/26/2005

Banning, lingering, twisting, eye-popping, racing and more!


Week ending March 25, 2005 (Vol 2, #12)

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:
It’s a sad day on the SFN - latinijral is taking a break.

Murder Scheduled for 5PM - The courts have been exhausted. No, really: they’re very tired.

Bill Maher: Religion neurological disorder - Here we go again.

Editor’s Choice: Visual Phenomena - Some of this stuff will burn your eyes out.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Does Race Exist? - “The concept of race is one of the most intellectually and emotionally charged subjects, not only in society but in science as well. NOVA Online asked two leading anthropologists, Dr. Loring Brace of the University of Michigan and Dr. George Gill of the University of Wyoming, who fall on either side of the debate about whether race exists, to state their points of view. Interestingly, while these two researchers differ radically in how they define race, they readily joined together — along with six other top anthropologists — to file suit against the federal government for the right to study Kennewick Man.”
Chat Highlights:
Sunday:

This afternoon we greeted a first timer: trishran. Two games were played: “BlackShift” and “AntCity.” Topics discussed beside the games: Storm’s eclectic book taste; IMAX and the poor state of education in the US, and movies. Also: Studies; various SFN management-related stuff including latinijral; pets, rats, and snakes.

Wednesday: The chat started out discussing programming languages and the similarities between them; Chemistry question involving water; Mrs. Schiavo; latnijral; parallel universes with alternate versions of ourselves. Also: latinijral finally gets shown the door.

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:
jimmy
JLP
bloody_peasant
Mr. Crunge
clmiller1979
larryleondavis
concern
In The Mindway
Timgraysr
tres2040
pleco
the satanic mechanic

(Not a member? Become one today!)


Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

“Back to the future”: countdown to Shuttle return to flight

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:
Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends, by Jan Harold Brunvand



“Alligators in the sewers? A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn’t really happen to your friend’s sister’s neighbor: it’s an urban legend. And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over 200 tales at least one story you would have sworn was true.”

— Product Description


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