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Skeptic Summary #67

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/19/2005

Duties elsewhere, protochicken eggs, Unitarian Holy War, musical genes, speaking engagement, analogous arguments and more!

Week ending November 19, 2005 (Vol 2, #46)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

Special Note:
Congratulations to Dr. Mabuse, who is now a moderator at the Skepticality forums! (And no, he is not resigning his moderation duties here at the SFN.)
Forum Highlights:
The Chicken or the Egg? - Which came first? Who cares, pass the bacon…

Unitarian Jihad - “The Sword Broad with the Broad Sword.”

Music and Evolution - Some would say “impossible,” but the SFN is singing a different tune.

Editor’s Choice: Creationist comes to my college - Read the exciting predictable conclusion!

Kil’s Evil Pick:
Very Like a… Machine? - “Robert Camp explores the use of analogy in science and pseudoscience” (from Creation & Intelligent Design Watch).
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: It was a slow start celebrating Siberia’s birthday; arthritis; PhotoShop art. After that: carpentry; programming; movies; John Cleese (and Monty Python); Landover Baptist’s holy thongs. Finally; Sylvia Browne; dreams; supermarkets; silver mining, and New Age woo-woo.

Wednesday: Chat started with a nod to a recent article in the Onion. Soon: The Precipice of Lucidity! Also: fraud… er… Freud; being ill; Kil’s dinner; that game; and annoying, uninteresting threads. Next week, will Kil have egg rolls?

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

The fundamental (and wrong) religious argument of the IDists in Kansas

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:
Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions & Healing Cures, by Joe Nickell

“Nickell, a thoroughgoing skeptic, debunks Christian and non-Christian miracles alike, as well as alleged paranormal phenomena in this colorful probe. He attributes reports of weeping icons, bleeding effigies and the image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin to faulty perception or recall, bias, hoaxing and the will to believe. He explains stigmata (the spontaneous duplication of Christ’s crucifixion wounds upon the body of a Christian) as due to hoaxes, self-punishment or self-inflicted wounds…”

— Publishers Weekly

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