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Skeptic Summary #40

By The Staff
Posted on: 5/14/2005

Consciousness, contradictions, the heat in Kansas, unlucky days, Macs, Scientology and more!

Week ending May 13, 2005 (Vol 2, #19)

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:
The Brain is messenger to Consciousness - Or, maybe it’s not.

Discussing Biblical Contradictions - The Bible has contradictions?!?

It’s gettin’ warmer in Kansas… - At least, the IDists appear to be sweating.

Editor’s Choice: Friday the 13th - No, not the movies.

From the Archives: Mac-computer, part of an antichristian conspiracy? - Why not? We already know that Microsoft’s stuff is straight from hell…
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Scientology Illustrated - From Operation Clambake.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: First out: Swedish holiday “Ascention Day”; Rapture Ready’s lament over the secularisation of Europe. Also in the chat: prostitution; the new Kansas Monkey Trial; the new C’thulu Chick Tract and C’thulu worship including Xmas carols; astronomy.

Wednesday: Please come join us for chat so that our regular Wednesday chat host will feel guilty about missing chat and not supplying a summary.

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Exchange of Words in Kansas

Gay men “attracted by same odours as women”

Jellyfish See Through Complex Eyes

Scans reveal Tutankhamun’s face

Scientology Losing Ground To New Fictionology (thanks to woolytoad)

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:
Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science, by Royston M. Roberts

“Many of the things discovered by accident are important in our everyday lives: Teflon, Velcro, nylon, x-rays, penicillin, safety glass, sugar substitutes, and polyethylene and other plastics. And we owe a debt to accident for some of our deepest scientific knowledge, including Newton’s theory of gravitation, the Big Bang theory of Creation, and the discovery of DNA. Even the Rosetta Stone, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ruins of Pompeii came to light through chance. This book tells the fascinating stories of these and other discoveries and reveals how the inquisitive human mind turns accident into discovery…”

— Book Description

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