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Skeptic Summary #50

By The Staff
Posted on: 7/23/2005

SLOT, paracops, doubting atheists, puzzles, changing one's mind, science as a hobby and more!

Week ending July 22, 2005 (Vol 2, #29)

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:
Not the second law again… - SFN member Siberia needs some advice regarding ancient creationist arguments.

Paradigm Police? - That the leaders of CSICOP did something hypocritical ages ago surprises few.

A Time of Doubt for Athiests? - Would you call yourself a “bright” in public?

Editor’s Choice: Puzzles - Shameless self-promotion? Well, the topic seems popular, regardless.
New Article This Week:
OK, I changed my mind (three times!) - Massimo presents an excellent example (himself) of just how skeptics are open-minded and likely to re-evaluate their tentative conclusions.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: First out: snakes; explosives, uses & abuses and what makes them tick go boom; selling your soul; Pope opposes Harry Potter books. Also: Darwin and Evolution for Kids; bad weather (tornados and small twisters); music (Grieg, “The Hall of the Mountain King”); driver’s licence and age to buy alcohol. Finally: filthy bitten by his rattlesnake during the chat session (he’s ok though); demonstrations; Chinese and Mexican foods and pizza.

Wednesday: Puzzles, kabobs, ritual abuse and special dietary needs were discussed. Also discussed, Dembski’s bullshit attack on Eugenie Scott and what the dead might say if given a chance. Unemployment insurance was a topic. Cortisone injections and a wedding creeped into the conversation. It seemed to be family night for Kil when no less than three of his family members showed up.

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:
Mr Hat

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Whimsicality #6 - Book Smart

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 57

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:
A History of Mathematics, by Carl B. Boyer and Uta C. Merzbach

“From the origins of numbering to the future of computing, the authors strive for comprehensive examination and clear, simple explanations. Some of the math will daunt those who have never taken college-level courses (or have forgotten what they learned), but some of the more elaborate technical material can be skipped if needed. Especially helpful is the extensive timeline-appendix that proceeds from the beginning of time to the late 20th century. Whether you’re using it to gain a better understanding of mathematics or to broaden your awareness of the historical record, A History of Mathematics will help you make sense of the wide world of numbers.”

— Review

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