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Skeptic Summary #79

By The Staff
Posted on: 2/12/2006

Randi's attack, Mozina's nonscience, Bush's possible coup, Derek's shirt, Darwin's birthday and more!

Week ending February 11, 2006 (Vol 3, #6)

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:
James Randi suffers heart attack - Maybe we can send him a T-shirt, too.

Surface of the Sun, Part 5 - Unless something miraculous happens, this will be the last time, I promise.

You just can’t make this up… - Forget Tom Delay, join the Paranoid Friends Network!

Editor’s Choice: Derek’s return to the SFN - We missed it when it happened, but hopefully he was wearing his T-shirt.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin! - February 12 is Darwin’s birthday.
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Charles,
Happy birthday to you…

And many more…
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Bikes and anecdotes, years with a driving license don’t make someone less accident prone to other people’s bad driving. White House vs. NASA. Finding SFN-members with Google Earth: resolution in Sweden is poor, HalfMooner has a porch on the south side of his house, Sao Paulo have no road/street names in Google Earth. Also: Kil is still on TAM4 high; smoking and why you should give it up; questioning the validity of String Theory; quantum theory puns; where’s Kilik (rhetorical question)? The government and Google; profoundness (religious, spiritual, or otherwise); 1,3,5-trimethylxanthine abuse; beaches, and football (go Steelers Seahawks!).

Wednesday: Is it any wonder that James Randi’s heart attack was discussed or that we all with him a speedy recovery? Is bad spelling really such a bad thing? Will any of HalfMooner’s T-shirt designs become official SFN T-shirts? Did Kil screw up a post in the Derek thread? Are the moderators at Skepticality actually super villains? Will Bush try to stay in office after his term expires? And what if Canada invades the United States? Can a ham-and-cheese sandwich really tell us anything about cold fusion?

Join us next Wednesday night in chat to find out the answers to these and every other important question facing us today…

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:
For the first time, I think, we had no new members this week! Where is everyone?

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Intelligent Design and String Theory

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:
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel C. Dennett

“In his characteristically provocative fashion, Dennett, author of Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, calls for a scientific, rational examination of religion that will lead us to understand what purpose religion serves in our culture…”

— Publishers Weekly

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