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Skeptic Summary #125

By The Staff
Posted on: 1/14/2007

The Canon, the one God, the skepticism, the Science News and more!

Week ending January 13, 2007 (Vol 4, #2)

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:
Pachelbel - Great for weddings!

That ‘One God’ thingy, them Jewish folk & more - Did we miss his point, or did he miss ours?

Editor’s Choice: I’m skeptical about Skeptic Friends - Except that really, you’re just whining.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Science News Online - I know that many of you are familiar with this site. I’m making it my pick for the week to promote the site, for those of you who don’t check it regularly.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: beskeptigal’s paper for TAM5; Bad Astronomer speak to skeptics in Seattle; lysdexia; Wikipedia article edits; buns-and-puns; Christmas presents; a Swedish movie classic Göta Kanal gets a follow-up; the Sun just passed minimum. Also: some Guild Wars.

Wednesday: Chat opened with Star Wars and South Park. The two are in fact unrelated, but seemed to fit nicely together anyways. It was announced that Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be attending TAM5. George Lucas will not. Kilbonics lead into Dr. Mabuse telling a story about voice recognition software, which then brought on the distinction of the three major languages: English, American, and Californian. A few new faces showed up to chat, as well as many identical ones. After a short discussion on some current threads, a comment about recharging batteries lead chat straight into, what else but, electricity puns. This, as always, scared most people away and ended chat.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 74

Skull Supports Theory of Human Migration

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:
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, by Daniel C. Dennett.

“One of the best descriptions of the nature and implications of Darwinian evolution ever written, it is firmly based in biological information and appropriately extrapolated to possible applications to engineering and cultural evolution. Dennett’s analyses of the objections to evolutionary theory are unsurpassed. Extremely lucid, wonderfully written, and scientifically and philosophically impeccable…”


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. That ‘One God’ thingy, them Jewish folk & more (707 views)
  2. Are skepticism and Buddhism compatible? (348 views)
  3. Big Bang (part 2) (315 views)
  4. Are skepticism and Buddhism compatible? (Part 2) (311 views)
  5. Cuddly symbiosis (290 views)
  6. I’m skeptical about Skeptic Friends (221 views)
  7. SFN album cover (217 views)
  8. Pachelbel (211 views)
  9. Could you marry a Creationist? (185 views)
  10. How cool is this? (183 views)
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (120 views)
  2. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (77 views)
  3. Cold Reading (67 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw Tray (55 views)
  5. Skeptic Summary #124 (42 views)
  6. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (41 views)
  7. Dr. Dino doesn’t like our Jack Chick spoof! (40 views)
  8. Spam Scams and Slams (38 views)
  9. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (36 views)
  10. TAM4 (31 views)
There were 5,066 daily visitors this week.

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