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Skeptic Summary #65

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/6/2005

Spread the word, SLOT once again, creationist speaker, evolution, StarChild, goodbye Allan and more!

Week ending November 5, 2005 (Vol 2, #44)

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:
Kirk Cameron video - Not exactly high on the “recommended viewing” list.

second law of thermodynamics - Get your information here.

Editor’s Choice: Creationist comes to my college - SFN member Ricky needs your help.
Best of October, 2005:
Topic of the Month: Markie’s Evolutionary Ideas - In which we find that every answer involves one or more extra assumptions, few based upon actual evidence.

Post of the Month: Look at All these Assumptions - H. Humbert creates a list of the needlessly multiplied entities behind acceptance of the StarChild.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
The Wonderful World of WinAce - We’ll miss you, Allan…

Chat Highlights:
Sunday: First out: personalities; reasons for daylight savings; sleeping. Also: Ricky to see an anti-evolution presentation by Josh Goodhart; the colour of Siberia’s aura is green; PhotoShopping.

Wednesday: Chat started off with some talk of Winace’s condition. Also, fun with Urban Dead; where is everyone?; Ricky’s creation quandry; away on business?; and an SFN Urban Dead team? Also, False Memory Syndrome and what counts as evidence for traumatic reperession.

Wish there were less Urban Dead talk? Then show up and change the topic!

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Infrared Glow of First Stars Found

On Gravity, Oreos and a Theory of Everything

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 61

Skepticality Interview: Fraser Cain interviews Richard Saunders

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:
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, by Marcia Angell

“In what should serve as the Fast Food Nation of the drug industry, Angell, former editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, presents a searing indictment of ‘big pharma’ as corrupt and corrupting: of Congress, through huge campaign contributions; of the FDA, which is funded in part by the very companies it oversees; and, perhaps most shocking, of members of the medical profession and its institutions. Angell delineates how the drug giants, such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca, pay physicians to prescribe their products with gifts, junkets and marketing programs disguised as ‘professional education.’ According to Angell, the cost of marketing, both to physicians and consumers, far outweighs expenditures on research and development, though drug makers invoke R&D as the reason drug prices are so high… Angell mounts a powerful case (and offers specific suggestions) for reform of this essential industry — a case worth bearing in mind as ‘big pharma’ continues to oppose importing cheaper drugs from Canada.”

— Publisher’s Weekly

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