Skeptic Friends Network

Save Password
Forgot your Password?
Home | Forums | Active Topics | Active Polls | Register | FAQ | Contact Us  
  Connect: Chat | SFN Messenger | Buddy List | Members
Personalize: Profile | My Page | Forum Bookmarks  
Home Skeptic Summary Skeptic Summary #111
Skeptic Forums
Skeptic Summary
The Kil Report
About Skepticism
Fan Mail
Rationally Speaking
Claims List
Skeptic Links
Book Reviews
Gift Shop

Server Time: 11:23:20
Your Local Time:

Skeptic Summary

Printer Friendly Printer Friendly Version of this Article... Bookmark Bookmark This Article...

Skeptic Summary #111

By The Staff
Posted on: 9/30/2006

Amaz!ing, debunking, mirroring, butt-kicking, chipping, rushing and more!

Week ending September 30, 2006 (Vol 3, #38)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

Special Announcement:
The SFN would like to send Kil back to the Amaz!ing Meeting next January, and you can help!
Forum Highlights:
Debunking a small-time psychic - Would anyone else like to help?

Mirrors — harmful? - Warning: posts are more banal than they appear.

Olbermann kicks major ass On MSNBC - Just ignore the hijack.

Editor’s Choice: Chips - you can’t have just one.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Rushing Off a Cliff - Bush’s legislation on interrogation and prosecution of terrorism suspects is a low point for American Democracy.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: JohnOAS mistakes Wednesday and Sunday Chat; Skepticality is out with a new episode; car stereos and portable MP3 players; Windows administration.

Wednesday: Game talk started everything off. Ricky ordered Guild Wars about a month ago and after three incorrect shipments has still not received it. It quickly switched over to inflation of the universe and then depression and similar mental disorders. Things were getting serious so we started, what else but, butt puns. Then of course greek and tire puns followed. Dave’s car gets misaligned tires, and some more on the Surface of the Sun, as well as a surprise visit from ByHisGrace88.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Skepticality #034 — Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer and James Randi

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:
Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, by Brooke Allen.

“In this study of the religious lives of six framers of the Constitution, which began as an article in The Nation, Allen (Twentieth-Century Attitudes) ably demonstrates the uncontroversial thesis that many of the founding fathers were not very devout. Franklin was a skeptic and a humanist who displayed outright ‘contempt for the niceties of Christian observance.’ Washington was, like other Virginia gentry, a vestryman in his local Episcopal church, but he was not especially pious. Adams’s Puritan heritage left him with a commitment to hard work but not to Calvinism. Jefferson, unsurprisingly, appears as a devotee of reason and a champion of religious freedom, a cause in which Madison joined him. Hamilton’s piety was mainly ‘opportunistic,’ and the religiosity he evinced on his deathbed had ‘no effect’ on his participation in American politics. In the concluding chapter, Allen summarizes the history of the Enlightenment, that philosophical watershed that ‘produced the founders,’ and she ends by warning that Enlightenment values are now under threat. Allen’s sparring partners are, of course, those representatives of the religious right who claim that America was founded as a Christian nation. Unfortunately, they are not likely to read this book, and those readers already generally inclined to agree with Allen — including most serious students of American history — won’t learn anything new.”

— Publishers Weekly

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Caesar’s Messiah (part 2) (974 views)
  2. Olbermann kicks major ass On MSNBC (940 views)
  3. Surface of the Sun (part 12) (506 views)
  4. Mirrors — harmful? (498 views)
  5. EEStor’s storage capacitor: breakthru or baloney? (494 views)
  6. Why Darwinism is doomed (338 views)
  7. Why religious moderation is bad (video) (170 views)
  8. Having the last word: a simple contest (169 views)
  9. Should we be concerned about the Global Mission? (164 views)
  10. Large bones found! Creation proved true! (163 views)
  1. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (76 views)
  2. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (71 views)
  3. Cold Reading (46 views)
  4. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (40 views)
  5. Skeptic Summary #110 (38 views)
  6. The Bible Answer Man (30 views)
  7. Miracle Thaw Tray (30 views)
  8. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (28 views)
  9. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (26 views)
  10. Spam Scams and Slams (25 views)
There were 4,372 daily visitors this week.

More issues of the Skeptic Summary can be found in our archive.

The Skeptic Summary is produced by the staff of the Skeptic Friends Network, copyright 2006, all rights reserved.

Read or Add Comments about the Skeptic Summary

Back to Skeptic Summary

The mission of the Skeptic Friends Network is to promote skepticism, critical thinking, science and logic as the best methods for evaluating all claims of fact, and we invite active participation by our members to create a skeptical community with a wide variety of viewpoints and expertise.

Home | Skeptic Forums | Skeptic Summary | The Kil Report | Creation/Evolution | Rationally Speaking | Skeptillaneous | About Skepticism | Fan Mail | Claims List | Calendar & Events | Skeptic Links | Book Reviews | Gift Shop | SFN on Facebook | Staff | Contact Us

Skeptic Friends Network
© 2008 Skeptic Friends Network Go To Top Of Page
This page was generated in 0.06 seconds.
Powered by @tomic Studio
Snitz Forums 2000