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Skeptic Summary #81

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/5/2006

Terrorist switcheroo, a failed museum, a Catholic town, strut your SFN, a creation science fair and more!


Week ending March 4, 2006 (Vol 3, #8)

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:
Anyone for 9/11? - Quite a few people were, but then the guy who asked failed to return.

New Creation Museum - R.Wreck reminds us that the date offered has passed.

A town based on Roman Catholic principles - Isn’t it a bit early for an April Fool’s joke?

Editor’s Choice: Show us your SFN! - Don’t be shy!
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Fellowship Baptist Creation Science Fair 2001 - Old but good…
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: American History X; searching after old pictures; finally found the old picture: angry lady testing fate; funny on Pat Robertson; God vs. Nietzsche; emotional blackmail when God or Angels kill kittens; how to grow thicker skin in heated discussions; motivations for giving up smoking; Rio Carnival dresses; roleplaying games and experiences; the origin of ABBA.

Wednesday: Chat started, and got bizarre fast. Kil’s band, planetary puns, bad jokes, automobiles, Mab shows he’s working and we all silently wonder if any responses to our odd tangents ever get put into problem ticket resolutions. Admin smackdown. Cable company lies to Val about solar activity taking out his internet connection (SOHO confirms very low activity for the whole of February). Amazon down under; the science of salt and melting ice, and Ricky’s burned hand; Bill; Ricky sees Kent Hovind live, and more bad riddles. Lots and lots of lightbulb jokes.

Come chat with us.
New Members these last two weeks:
trueprojector
johnnydajogger
likely
InsultMohammed
Rumpl4skn
Hittman

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Evolution bill stirs debate on origin of life, religion

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:
How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, by Michael Shermer



“Shermer, who teaches critical thinking at Occidental College and is perhaps best known as the director of the Skeptics Society and publisher of Skeptic magazine, approaches religion not primarily as a delusion to be debunked but as a phenomenon to be explained. Shermer wonders why religious belief, traditional theistic belief in particular, remains widespread in contemporary America, confounding expectations that progress in science and technology should bring a corresponding decline in faith. One way to discover why people believe is to ask them, and Shermer has compiled original survey data to support his analysis.…”

— Publishers Weekly


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