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Skeptic Summary #98

By The Staff
Posted on: 7/1/2006

Consciousness, matter, a pyramid, ucky stuff, separation and more!


Week ending July 1, 2006 (Vol 3, #25)

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:
Consciousness, the border of the universe… - Or, maybe it’s just standard fare for forum-spam.

Matter and the Big Bang - SFN member Robb probably regrets asking this question.

UNESCO scientists to investigate ‘Ice Age pyramid’ - What a waste.

Editor’s Choice: Do not look at this thread - No, really, do not look at it.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
From Point of Inquiry, the Center for Inquiry podcast show, “Edward Tabash — True Meaning of Church/State Separation.” Although this show was recorded in May, it is a timely listen to now that the subject is being actively discussed in our forums.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Pay deduction for Dr. Mabuse for not being on time; absent but not forgotten members; Summer Solstice celebration and the may-pole; snowing in New Zealand; Google Earth; photographic evidence. Also, testosterone machines, the crawler and the excavator; sports, football world cup and F1; working hours; work with dress-codes; Mel Gibson movies.

Wednesday: Bullshit psychics and why cable TV loves ’em. Nanaca-Crash gets revived at the same time chat gets killed. Trolls, and why they come out from the bridges they live under just to post here. More evidence of chat devolution: Big Slam, to Grand Slam (at Denny’s), to stomach and food puns. More Nanaca-Crash. Started playing around with the chat sounds, staging a fight with the several different punch sounds that were at our disposal. Back to Nanaca-Crash. Then back to chat sounds as Dave and Ricky make a traffic jam with various car horn sounds. A few words about Ricky’ new job, mostly whining. Chat ended with a discussion about how to give a seven-minute speech defending the pro-choice stance, a bit similar to the one Ricky had to do the next day. Odd how that came up as a topic. Oh, did I mention Nanaca-Crash?

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
lifeloss
dismay
Rudeonline

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Elsewhere in the World:
Archaeologists unveil newest pharaonic tomb in Egypt’s Valley of Kings

Bad Science

Is Natural Selection a Tautology?

Supreme Court takes on global warming

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:
Field Notes from a Catastrophe, by Elizabeth Kolbert.



“Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes, based on a series of articles she wrote for The New Yorker, is illuminating and sobering… The reader is introduced to some of the world’s leading climate researchers who explain the dangers in reasonably nontechnical language but without sacrificing scientific accuracy. The book includes fascinating accounts of how climate changes affected the planet in the past, and how such changes are occurring in different parts of the world right now.”

— Jim Hansen, New York Review of Books


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Matter and the Big Bang (666 views)
  2. The Bible Is False (317 views)
  3. Hide the Irony Meter! (294 views)
  4. Surface of the Sun, Part 8 (275 views)
  5. Consciousness, the border of the universe… (269 views)
  6. A Brief History of the Skeptic Friends Network (259 views)
  7. Crazy mom… (211 views)
  8. Avatars (143 views)
  9. Carlin and Coulter on Jay Leno June 14 (140 views)
  10. UNESCO scientists to investigate ‘Ice Age pyramid’ (123 views)
Articles:
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (66 views)
  2. Cold Reading (52 views)
  3. A Brief History of the Skeptic Friends Network (51 views)
  4. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (49 views)
  5. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (48 views)
  6. The Bible Answer Man (45 views)
  7. Miracle Thaw Tray (37 views)
  8. Skeptic Summary #97 (36 views)
  9. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (30 views)
  10. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (29 views)
There were 3,523 daily visitors this week.
June’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Matter and the Big Bang (1,704 views)
  2. Masons created and perpetuated Evolution (1,337 views)
  3. Mark it Down: June 6, 2006 (935 views)
  4. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead (810 views)
  5. Bravery, honor and integrity (683 views)
  6. Interesting atheist web site (666 views)
  7. The Bible Is False (662 views)
  8. Which came first? Answer at last! (655 views)
  9. Carlin and Coulter on Jay Leno June 14 (622 views)
  10. Anyone for 9/11? (583 views)
  11. Speaking in Tongues (504 views)
  12. Dear ‘Moral Majority’ (480 views)
  13. What is the most advanced life form? (463 views)
  14. Fun with Anagrams (457 views)
  15. Banana Ignorance (443 views)
  16. Bigfoot exhibit at Idaho Museum will be ‘neutral’ (432 views)
  17. Owl on the dollar bill… (369 views)
  18. The Enigma of Survival (325 views)
  19. Two cloned mules in dead heat (308 views)
  20. Hide the Irony Meter! (294 views)
Articles:
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (306 views)
  2. Cold Reading (232 views)
  3. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (189 views)
  4. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (182 views)
  5. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (175 views)
  6. The Bible Answer Man (152 views)
  7. Evolution, Scientology Style (130 views)
  8. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (126 views)
  9. Miracle Thaw Tray (126 views)
  10. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (97 views)
  11. Evil Skeptic and a Visit to Awareness 2000 (87 views)
  12. Mesmer, Casino Monkey, and Video Sex (83 views)
  13. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (82 views)
  14. Darwinism: Sorcery in the Classroom (80 views)
  15. The Laundry Solution (79 views)
  16. You’re an Idiot (79 views)
  17. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (78 views)
  18. Tommy Debates the Bible Answer man (77 views)
  19. The Legend of the Shrinking Sun (67 views)
  20. Evil Skeptic II: A visit to the Conscious Living Expo (64 views)
There were 15,709 daily visitors in June.


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