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Skeptic Summary #135

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/25/2007

Self-delusion, mastication, we're needed, activists, woolly thinking and more!

Week ending March 24, 2007 (Vol 4, #12)

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:
The benefits of self-delusion - And in this corner…

Something to chew on… - Not food for thought as much as meat, fresh out of the grinder.

Editor’s Choice: We need skeptics - Yes, yes you do.
This Week’s Poll:
At the forefront? - Looking for the skeptic’s skeptic.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
The Woolly-Thinker’s Guide to Rhetoric
Here you’ll find top tips for besting your enemies. As employed by the world’s best woolly-thinkers. Learn, for example: how to play the ‘biological reductionist’ card to maximum effect; how ‘language games’ can help you out of a sticky situation; and how lucky it is that ‘truth’ is relative to particular discourses (especially yours).
Have fun!
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Sorting out time: daylight savings and stuff; what is corned beef? St. Patrick’s Day; annexing Canada in preparation for the Global Warming to secure food production; big welcome back to an absent-of-late SFN-elder: Trish! Also: voodoo cow requires chicken sacrifices… Record companies, royalties and artists getting screwed over; house morgage and economic responsibilities.

Wednesday: With a special guest, Robert Lancaster, attending chat, much of the talk was focused on none other than Sylvia Browne. How much money she makes, jewelry she sells, even her cruise. A new website, GoSylviaBrowne was discussed, as well as other web design atrocities. As the night proceeded, topic turned to general debunking: why it’s so much fun for some, and just plain dull to others. Also, should critical thinking skills be introduced into the school curriculum? This lead into a dialog on religion and the “Angry Atheists” movement, as well as which historical events, if any, should be credited to religion.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
Rigil Kent

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

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 Pleasure of Finding Things Out and the Meaning of It All, by Richard Feynman.

“This book is a collection of Feynman's most memorable essays and speeches, in which he talks about the Manhattan project, his childhood, the future of physics, the unscientific nature of society, among other topics. This is a book for the non scientist, as there is very little physics required, and it talks as much about the future of science as it does about the future of society. ”

— Denis Minev

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Something to chew on… (1,220 views)
  2. Wrong images of Saturn (724 views)
  3. Party, party, party! (577 views)
  4. Thank Stark (544 views)
  5. Substitute biology teacher (302 views)
  6. A little more civility, please… (277 views)
  7. Loyal Bushies, etc. (273 views)
  8. We need skeptics (224 views)
  9. Olympic myth? (213 views)
  10. Shadow people (202 views)
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (83 views)
  2. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (55 views)
  3. Cold Reading (55 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw Tray (54 views)
  5. The Bible Answer Man (44 views)
  6. Evolving a Venom or Two (42 views)
  7. Skeptic Summary #134 (38 views)
  8. Skeptic Summary #39 (33 views)
  9. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (31 views)
  10. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (25 views)
There were 5,484 daily visitors this week.

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