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Skeptic Summary #130

By The Staff
Posted on: 2/19/2007

Books, myths, mottos, religions and more!

Week ending February 17, 2007 (Vol 4, #7)

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:
Book suggestions wanted - We need your input!

Evolution myths - Or, strawmen that Creationists thought were true, but weren’t.

From the Archives: New country mottos! - Mongolia: Never been hit by a tsunami, never will.

Kil’s Evil Pick:
Religion in Star Trek - Yes, here it is, my geekiest pick ever!
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Storm returns to chat after being away for a long time, working on a book of fiction; Kil is off to laundry; can a recurring dream be a memory from a past life? (Who can say discussions are boring when Storm is around?) Is skepticism a religion?

Wednesday: With the most recent episode of BigBrain spamming the SFN yet again occurring only hours before chat, a discussion on what should be done quickly became the primary topic. Kil showed up in a dress, but no one took notice as many were distracted by a new game, Tower Defense. If you like puzzles and shooting things, this game is for you. Dr. Mabuse announces that he will be going to Dragon*Con, America’s largest role-playing convention, along with the good folks from Skepticality. HPV was briefly discussed as well as forum security. After most left, Tower Defense took over the conversation and did so till chat ended.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
Vigo the Carpathian
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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Happy 198th Birthday, Charles Darwin

January temps highest on record

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter 75

Skepticality #046 - TAM Audio: Adam Savage, Lori Lipman Brown and Benjamin Radford

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:
The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design, by Wendy Northcutt and Christopher M. Kelly.

“The first new Darwin Awards book in three years, The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design is the latest addition to one of the most popular and successful humor franchises on bookshelves today.

Named after Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, The Darwin Awards pays homage to those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.

Most of us know instinctively that the phrase ‘trust me, light this fuse’ is a recipe for disaster. Darwin Award winners do not. Most of us have basic sound judgment that eliminates the need for NO SMOKING signs at gas stations. Darwin Award winners do not. No warning label could have prevented evolution from creeping up on the homeowner who filled his house with natural gas to kill termites, the easy rider who decided to steer his motorcycle with his feet, or the winner who tried to weld a hand grenade onto a chain. Filled with more than one hundred new tales of evolution in action, and complete with essential science and safety discussions, The Darwin Awards 4: Intelligent Design shows that when it comes to common sense, natural selection still has a long way to go.”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Evolution myths (1,173 views)
  2. Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (708 views)
  3. What did cause the Towers to collapse? (584 views)
  4. Q’s on atheism (484 views)
  5. Libertarianism (366 views)
  6. Blasphemy challenge discussed on Nightline (245 views)
  7. Interview — Chris Hedges — American Fascists (244 views)
  8. Flying cars stifled by politics, politics, and war (238 views)
  9. Evolution Sunday (225 views)
  10. Big Bang (part 2) (179 views)
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (98 views)
  2. Cold Reading (62 views)
  3. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (50 views)
  4. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (46 views)
  5. Astrology (39 views)
  6. Skeptic Summary #129 (33 views)
  7. Miracle Thaw Tray (31 views)
  8. Skeptic Summary #39 (31 views)
  9. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (29 views)
  10. TAM4 (29 views)
There were 4,713 daily visitors this week.

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