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Skeptic Summary #73

By The Staff
Posted on: 1/1/2006

A new year, some new gear, brand new fear, gimme another beer, pop another dear, why we're here, for ID not a tear and more!

Week ending December 31, 2005 (Vol 2, #52)

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

The staff of the SFN hope you made it through New Year’s relatively unscathed.

We would also like to note that we have some new items in our gift shop.

Last, but not least, our webmaster, @tomic, announced that he is now engaged to be married. Congrats!

Forum Highlights:
C/E - Bill scott is “still spouting.”

Manufacturing Teenage Mental Patients - Or, maybe not. It’s so hard to tell these days…

Editor’s Choice: Predictions from 2005 - Did the skeptics do better than the psychics? We don’t know, either.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Why is it Unconstitutional to Teach Intelligent Design? - by Jason Rosenhouse
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Different times for Christmas kick-off depending on country; does Siberia have a secret admirer in Germany? Do ancestry and genes increase aptitude for various skills? Corruption in Russian politics; state-sponsored religion in non-USA countries; demons, deamons, and devils of fantasy literature.

Wednesday: ’Twas the Wednesday before New Year’s and all through the house, not many people were chatting. But that’s OK. Kil was there, and told us more about his trip to TAM. Also: SFN gear; Dracula food; it’s hendl!; (starting) a quest for knowledge; and of course, a little UD. Missed out? Come by next week and share your resolutions for 2006!

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Fictional King Kong mirrors odd island facts

Newspapers, commentators agree: Virginia, there is no War on Christmas

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:
Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World’s Highest Mountains, by Mark Bowen

“[O]ne of the best books yet published on climate change… Thin Ice describes the science of global warming through the experience of the Ohio State University scientist Lonnie Thompson, the preeminent explorer of tropical and semitropical glaciers today, and the principal decoder of the secrets trapped in their ice… [and] is the best compact history of the science of global warming I have read.”

— Bill McKibben, New York Review of Books

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