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Skeptic Summary #121

By The Staff
Posted on: 12/10/2006

Send Kil, remember Carl, antiscience, ignorance, predictions, moonscapes, Shermer and more!


Week ending December 9, 2006 (Vol 3, #48)

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!
Double-Special Announcement:
Anyone who is a fan of the late Carl Sagan is invited to participate in the Carl Sagan Memorial Blog-a-Thon in any way you can.
Forum Highlights:
American Antigravity: science, scam, or cranks? - The answer at last, thanks to the Mythbusters!

As we’ve long suspected, they don’t know… - Includes, at no extra charge, a challenge from a fundamentalist.

Official 2007 SFN Psychic Predictions Contest - Time is running out!

Editor’s Choice: As a way of introducing our new folder, currently called Moonscape News, I’d like to draw your attention to “Discovery Institute drill misses Hell.”
Kil’s Evil Pick:
TEDTalks: Michael Shermer - This is a really cool little overview of why it is that we do what we do. Lots of humor here in a nice little clip…
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Different ways to spell “hello”; the chat sign; the new Bond movie; doing work while you sleep or having nightmares about work? What’s the difference? Personal time management; what is shameful? posterboys for neurosis and true believers.

Wednesday: What do spam, Jurassic Park, and shitting oneself have in common? Not much, but they were somehow linked during chat. More on Legos as Dave starts buying gifts for his (inner) child. Ricky finishes his last CS project… for the semester. More on TAM5 as Kil gets more details on his upcoming trip. Also Penn and Teller were briefly discussed, as well as the Blue Man Group.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
mgbada
Beleth
thefire
Ryokan

(Not a member? Become one today!)


Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts on Mars

Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 73

Sweden goes into orbit over its first astronaut

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:
A Devil’s Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins.



“Richard Dawkins is one of the finest minds in science, and in this superb collection of essays and letters, he demonstrates the depth of his knowledge and the rich variety of his interests. Whether he is examining postmodernism or the Human Genome Project, penning a letter to his daughter, or writing a moving eulogy to Douglas Adams and e-mailing Stephen Jay Gould, Dawkins writes with an intellectual vigour and grace that is second to none. This is a very human collection that shows not only the acuity of Dawkins’ scientific mind, but also his sense of humour and the warmth of his relationships with friends and family.”

— Book Description


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Are skepticism and Buddhism compatible? (807 views)
  2. Therefore God exists (431 views)
  3. Caesar’s Messiah (part 3) (404 views)
  4. Free for all — science & religion (285 views)
  5. As we’ve long suspected, they don’t know… (218 views)
  6. Big Bang (199 views)
  7. Swearing on the Quran (194 views)
  8. Another courthouse monument (180 views)
  9. Mother of the Tear nominee (157 views)
  10. Unintentionally funny news… (143 views)
Articles:
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (106 views)
  2. A Brief History of the Skeptic Friends Network (87 views)
  3. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (72 views)
  4. Cold Reading (70 views)
  5. Miracle Thaw Tray (50 views)
  6. Skeptic Summary #39 (49 views)
  7. The Bible Answer Man (46 views)
  8. Skeptic Summary #120 (45 views)
  9. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (39 views)
  10. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (36 views)
There were 4,487 daily visitors this week.


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