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Skeptic Summary #35
By The Staff
Posted on: 4/8/2005
Hammesfahr's Nobel, creationism gone wild, Skeptic News news, determinism, best of March, archeology and more!
Week ending April 8, 2005 (Vol 2, #14)
Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.
Hammesfahr, Hannity, and Scarborough - Prompted by recent events, Dude is corresponding with the Nobel Prize administrators.Best of March, 2005:
New link to analyze YECism - It all started so innocently…
Skeptic News - It’s back online!
Editor’s Choice: Determinism? - Naturally, I determined that this is a noteworthy thread.
Topic of the Month: The Law of Perception - Assertions about Einstein and relativity don’t seem to stand up well to pointed questioning.Kil’s Evil Pick:
Post of the Month: Testing a Dowser - furshur successfully took an example from real life to use as a point-by-point reference when examining the “new scepticism” from Mr. Drasin’s list, as latinjral suggested.
Doug’s Archaeology Site - Archaeological/Skeptical Resources, Critiques of cult archaeology, Roman Britain. Scroll down, lots of really good links.Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Quantum mechanics are counter-intuitive; Storm posted an article on “the Pathology of Organised Skepticism” and thinks Dr. Mabuse is a pseudo skeptic; “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown, before “The DaVinci Code.” Also: computers were discussed: PC versus Mac usability, differences and similarities.New SFN Articles this Week:
Wednesday: With any luck, our regular Wednesday chat host will have his Internet connectivity problems solved by the next chat.
Come chat with us.
Useless Feats - Massimo rants about some rather stunning failures of the de facto “entertainment” industry.New Members this Week (and last week):
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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad ScienceBook of the Week:
Heartening news from the heartland
What’s New by Bob Park
Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach
“An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.
For two thousand years, cadavers — some willingly, some unwittingly — have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They’ve tested France’s first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.
In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries — from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors’ conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.”
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