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Skeptic Summary #68

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/27/2005

Hypothetical genes, hypothetical surfaces, the best equation ever, old ID, Bowie and the occult and more!

Week ending November 26, 2005 (Vol 2, #47)

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:
Stupid hypothetical Evolution question - Maybe we’ll discuss the “fat, dumb and happy gene” next.

surface of the sun - It’s not a solid argument.

Editor’s Choice: Beauty in the Eye of the Beer-holder: the science - Finally! The answer to one of the most-vexing problems the world has ever faced!

From the Archives: Intelligent Design - ID may be making national news now, but the SFN has been talking about it for awhile…
Kil’s Evil Pick:
The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult - Okay, this is fun…
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Creationist speech in college; Yahoo! gives out Chinese dissidents to security police; DNA-analysis and contamination; pricks like Ken Ham (AiG); Skepticality; religious forums; studying math and computer science. Also: big decision: making big bucks selling woo-woo stuff, or stay poor but honest to skepticism?; American football’s for sissies, rugby players don’t carry 20 pounds of protection.; Lord of the Ring and movies by Peter Jackson and Tim Burton. Casey & Andy comic strip, buy the poster.

Wednesday: Wednesday evening was the night before Thanksgiving, which meant that things were tense at skeptic households across America. Fortunately, Dave was able to cheer things up with a really bad joke. Also: Thanksgiving plans!; RNs; banning; and banning; and banning; visiting family; sex offenders; and more! Curious? Even if you aren’t, stop by next week and see what the fuss is about!

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:
Michael Mozina

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

The Great Debate of Our Season

Japan: Success for asteroid probe

Trip to Mars will require astronauts to grow their own food

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:
From Jesus to Christianity, by L. Michael White

“Rather than reading the New Testament straight through in its traditional order — Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and so on — White takes a historical approach, looking at the individual books in the sequence in which they were actually written. He explores what these books divulge about the disagreements, shared values, and unifying mission of the earliest Christian communities. White digs through layers of archaeological excavations, sifts through buried fragments of largely unknown texts, and examines historical sources to discover what we can know of Jesus and his early followers… It is this early, hidden history that shaped Christianity as it grew from an errant, messianic movement to a state religion and then into a world religion that has lasted for over two thousand years. White shows how the early debates spurred the evolution of Christianity as we know it. He delves into the arguments over how to understand Jesus as both human and divine, the role of women in the church, the diversity of beliefs among Christian communities, the Gnostic influences, and the political disputes that raged over which books would ultimately be included in the New Testament.”

— the publisher

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