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Skeptic Summary #77

By The Staff
Posted on: 1/28/2006

A sad day, crackpottery, Hovind appearance, feature suggestions, new age music and more!

Week ending January 28, 2006 (Vol 3, #4)

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:
Happy January 23 - Or maybe not… or maybe so!

Mozina vs. the crackpot index - That many? Dang!

Mr. Hovid goes to Blacksburg - One of his 700+ lectures a year, I’m sure.

Editor’s Choice: Feature Suggestions - Yeah, the whole folder. Seriously, even if we don’t implement them right away, or even argue about their usefulness, we do want to hear your suggestions about how to improve the SFN Website.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Today’s New Age Music Is Crap, by Doug Wortham. Okay, well, this is a few years old but it is some funny stuff.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Doctoring UFO photos; scicence and Christians; computer homework questions; other kinds of photo doctoring; weather and complaints, and sending cars to repair shops. Also: caffeine; jumping off cliffs (preferably with a cord attached); SFN members that qualify as oxymorons; TAM. Psychics were only mentioned in passing.

Wednesday: Derek’s shirt plus some shirt ordering blues; how many paper cuts it would take to cause a death and the number ten — as well as many other numbers — were discussed. The egg-roll hypothesis is on shaky ground. The meaning of Macs with Intel inside; TAM4 and a chat folder update due to Kil’s incompetence. So, a doctoral thesis is more important than hosting chat? Just where are people’s priorities these days?

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Dead-on Analysis from Red State Rabble

Skepticality #028 — Interview: Professor Lawrence Krauss

What a Difference a Day Makes

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:
To Engineer Is Human: the Role of Failure in Successful Design, by Henry Petroski

“The moral of this book is that behind every great engineering success is a trail of often ignored (but frequently spectacular) engineering failures. Petroski covers many of the best known examples of well-intentioned but ultimately failed design in action — the galloping Tacoma Narrows Bridge (which you’ve probably seen tossing cars willy-nilly in the famous black-and-white footage), the collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel walkways — and many lesser known but equally informative examples…”


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