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Skeptic Summary #48
By The Staff
Posted on: 7/9/2005
Atheism sucks, myth at the zoo, nukes are bad, a special gift, advertisements, exemplaries, hoaxes and more!
Week ending July 8, 2005 (Vol 2, #27)
Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.
Hey, guess what? Atheism sucks! - But only if you ask it nicely.Best of June, 2005:
It’s about the Menagerie, not the Mythology! - Won’t anyone think of the animals?!?
Nuclear power… let’s find something else!!! - Well, I’ve got a little hamster…
Editor’s Choice: Our 4th of July Gift… - Many thanks to the Skepticality crew!
From the Archives: Ads that torque me - Wanna buy some bleach?
Topic of the Month: Meta-skepticism - We dig skepticism, too!Kil’s Evil Pick:
Post of the Month: AMS Carbon Dating - Scientists would love to have machines capable of doing what creationists claim they can do.
The Museum of HoaxesChat Highlights:
Sunday: First out: archery, Zen and otherwise; USENET; big thanks to Skepticality for installing a “Donate to SFN” link! Tricking teachers. Also: kinky stuff and ghosts in cemeteries; ghost story by Storm; sound systems in cars; investigating ghostly events; mercury and tooth fillings; national holidays; role-playing games and fan-fiction.New Members this Week:
Wednesday: Chat was busy. Topics included: NoVa real estate; Mab’s QAE; digital cable; where’s @tomic?; addressing ID; directions for SFN; T-shirts. Missed out? Come back next Wednesday!
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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad ScienceBook of the Week:
Comet collision a historic one
Identical Twins Exhibit Differences in Gene Expression
Skepticality show #11
What’s New by Bob Park
Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, by Michael Shermer
“In each of the fourteen essays in Science Friction, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer explores the very personal barriers and biases that plague and propel science, especially when scientists push against the unknown. What do we know and what do we not know? How does science respond to controversy, attack, and uncertainty? When does theory become accepted fact? As always, Shermer delivers a thought-provoking, fascinating, and entertaining view of life in the scientific age.”
— Book Description
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