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Skeptic Summary #103

By The Staff
Posted on: 8/5/2006

Passion, armageddon, hope, terror and more!

Week ending August 5, 2006 (Vol 3, #30)

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:
An overt ‘passion’ for the fruit? - Although I don’t think it’s the same fruit meant by “Fruit of the Spirit.”

Armageddon’s the story on prime time news - In other news, all news anchors have quit.

Is there hope for Kansas? - Perhaps no more hope than in 1998.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Simply put, this is the most terrifying thing I have ever seen. Ever.” - Phil Plait
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Chat started off with the question, “Is America really a secret dictatorship?” For the majority of the time, the discussion was comparing and contrasting American and Canadian politics, pointing out the strengths and weakness in each system. After we solved all the political problems for each country, the discussion underwent a radical change to Aspartame and whether or not it causes fat retention. While no compelling evidence was found, neither was any evidence to the contrary.

Wednesday: Movies were first up: Clerks II and An Inconvenient Truth (the Al Gore film). A spoiler for the latter: the Earth is getting hotter. This naturally lead into a political discussion about whether will Al Gore run again, and how much we are going to be screwed come next election. There was talk of McCain, Hilary, Bill, and Lewinsky, in that order. After the political discussions resigned, next up was musicians, or more specifically, dead musicians. A quick browser chat, and finally a video on the Bible by The Kids in the Hall ended out the night.

Come chat with us.
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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science


Moon’s odd bulge finally explained

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:
Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Human Sexuality, by Jared Diamond.

“Diamond’s case is that our sex lives are better understood in terms of genetics than of grand opera. He is among the best of a talented bunch of writers on evolutionary biology. This book is… engaging and interesting to read. It is much more than yet another infantile attempt to use a string of unconnected anecdotes to explore the human spirit through the eyes of nature. Why Is Sex Fun? contains many strange and memorable tales of our sex lives and those of our relatives. It is guaranteed to keep a potential partner amused and amazed at the vagaries of what people — and animals — get up to when it comes to passing on their genes.”

— Steve Jones, New York Review of Books

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Letter to Dawkins about ‘The Root of All Evil?’ (364 views)
  2. An overt ‘passion’ for the fruit? (347 views)
  3. Familiar Formula Afoot (333 views)
  4. This cracked me up (319 views)
  5. C-SPAN 9/11 symposium (277 views)
  6. Jail too rough for child molesters? (252 views)
  7. Town of Allopath (207 views)
  8. Politics and cynicism (196 views)
  9. Anyone seen ‘’? (151 views)
  10. They write letters!! (146 views)
  1. TAM4 (205 views)
  2. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (100 views)
  3. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (86 views)
  4. Skeptic Summary #39 (57 views)
  5. Cold Reading (46 views)
  6. The Bible Answer Man (42 views)
  7. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (38 views)
  8. Skeptic Summary #102 (36 views)
  9. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (35 views)
  10. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (34 views)
There were 3,829 daily visitors this week.
July’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Matter and the Big Bang (part 2) (1,693 views)
  2. Letter to Dawkins about ‘The Root of All Evil?’ (1,633 views)
  3. Is it just me or has SFN turned into liberal city? (1,161 views)
  4. Rapture imminent, the tiff in the Holy Land (1,025 views)
  5. Surface of the Sun (part 8) (772 views)
  6. See my corporate media thread on JREF (650 views)
  7. ‘Christian archaeologists’ find another Noah’s Ark (473 views)
  8. Surface of the Sun (Part 9) (465 views)
  9. Laugh-a-minute ‘Archaeology and the Bible’ site (441 views)
  10. July 4th Photos (440 views)
  11. This cracked me up (419 views)
  12. Matter and the Big Bang (413 views)
  13. Owl on the dollar bill… (405 views)
  14. Cruise ships become dangerously top-heavy (358 views)
  15. Surprisingly recent common ancestor of us all? (352 views)
  16. The Bible Is False (344 views)
  17. The Texas Theopublican Party (320 views)
  18. A secret dictatorship? (308 views)
  19. Evangelist arrested on tax evasion… Guess who! (307 views)
  20. Copyright vs. morality squad (303 views)
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (307 views)
  2. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (277 views)
  3. The Bible Answer Man (176 views)
  4. Cold Reading (176 views)
  5. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (160 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (154 views)
  7. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (139 views)
  8. Evolution, Scientology Style (127 views)
  9. Tommy Debates the Bible Answer man (121 views)
  10. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (118 views)
  11. You’re an Idiot (116 views)
  12. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (107 views)
  13. Skeptic Summary #39 (95 views)
  14. Evil Skeptic and a Visit to Awareness 2000 (79 views)
  15. Spam Scams and Slams (78 views)
  16. The Laundry Solution (74 views)
  17. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (74 views)
  18. Skeptic Summary #99 (73 views)
  19. Kent Hovind is a Kwazy Kweationist (70 views)
  20. New Conspiracy Theories (70 views)
There were 16,190 daily visitors in July.

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