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Skeptic Summary #137

By The Staff
Posted on: 4/7/2007

Atheism, shilling, abductees, interview and more!


Week ending April 7, 2007 (Vol 4, #14)

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:
Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns - Vastly interesting.

CNN shills for Ken Ham’s ‘museum’ - A poor showing for the little network that could.
This Week’s Poll:
Speaking to Abductees
Kil’s Evil Pick:
From Skepticality,
Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer talks to Professor Philip Zimbardo.

Skepticality is pleased to bring our listeners another great interview conducted by the founder of the Skeptic’s Society, Dr. Michael Shermer. In this nearly hour-long meeting of the minds, Dr. Shermer talks to author and Stanford emeritus Professor Philip G. Zimbardo on the release of his new book,
The Lucifer Effect which ponders the question, what causes some people to commit acts of evil while others become unexpected heroes?
I highly recommend this one, or it wouldn’t be an evil pick.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Ricky’s dream about chat; Mabuse’s dream about Farscape; movies; Guildwars; astronomical observations — Saturn was particularity nice tonight; booting MS Word for another word processor. Cats meowing in different languages; “show your support for something-or-other by turning off lights” causes grid problems. Siberia’s head hurts from studying for a job appilcation test; São Paulo 6th largest city (by population) in the world.

Wednesday: Kil’s indecision on what to have for dinner took a turn for the worse and started egg puns early off in the night. Luckily they didn’t last too long and the conversation switched over to cigars. For a while, it looked like we were in the clear, but then the knock-knock jokes started. Chat ended with a discussion of 419 scammers and using color blindness to see camouflaged objects.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
amindformurder
zippyapparition

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Chemtrails

Skepticality #049 — Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer talks to Philip Zimbardo

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:
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.



“In a leisurely, lyrical meditation on the roughly four-million-year span since life dawned on Earth, Sagan and Druyan (Comet) argue that territoriality, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, occasional outbreeding and a preference for small, semi-isolated groups are elements in a survival strategy common to many species, including Homo sapiens. Yet society’s problems, they assert, increasingly demand global solutions and require a dramatic, strategic shift which the authors optimistically believe humankind is capable of achieving. This engaging, humane odyssey offers a stunning refutation of the behavioristic worldview with its mechanistic notion that animals (except for humans) lack conscious awareness. Writing with awe and a command of their material, the husband-wife team cover well-trod terrain while they discuss the evolution of Earth's atmosphere and life forms, the genetic code, the advantages of sexual reproduction…”

— Publishers Weekly


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. New ‘Impossible’ findings on the Sun (1,150 views)
  2. Does skepticism default to atheism? (744 views)
  3. What is a skeptic? (609 views)
  4. A little more civility, please… (442 views)
  5. Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (284 views)
  6. The ignotist and Occam arguments (265 views)
  7. Olympic myth? (218 views)
  8. Best sidekicks (216 views)
  9. Owl on the dollar bill… (194 views)
  10. Big Bang and the singularity (186 views)
Articles:
  1. Evolving a Venom or Two (183 views)
  2. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (65 views)
  3. Cold Reading (51 views)
  4. The Bible Answer Man (38 views)
  5. Miracle Thaw Tray (37 views)
  6. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (34 views)
  7. Skeptic Summary #136 (32 views)
  8. TAM4 (30 views)
  9. Tommy Debates the Bible Answer man (29 views)
  10. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (26 views)
There were 5,815 daily visitors this week.
March’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. You may be a fundamentalist atheist if… (2,109 views)
  2. Party, party, party! (2,087 views)
  3. Something to chew on… (1,811 views)
  4. A little more civility, please… (1,203 views)
  5. Man-made global warming skepticism on the rise (1,130 views)
  6. Thank Stark (1,012 views)
  7. Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (1,007 views)
  8. Wrong images of Saturn (1,005 views)
  9. New ‘Impossible’ findings on the Sun (998 views)
  10. Jesus’ family tomb found? (950 views)
  11. Olympic myth? (913 views)
  12. Owl on the dollar bill… (867 views)
  13. Does skepticism default to atheism? (736 views)
  14. The Lost World Museum update (635 views)
  15. Iranian Manhattan Project speeds along (583 views)
  16. Global warming: the cold, hard facts? (577 views)
  17. Substitute biology teacher (568 views)
  18. Conservapedia (562 views)
  19. If frogs had wings… (501 views)
  20. My supposed left-wing media sources (499 views)
Articles:
  1. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (306 views)
  2. Cold Reading (262 views)
  3. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (196 views)
  4. Evolving a Venom or Two (188 views)
  5. Miracle Thaw Tray (186 views)
  6. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (183 views)
  7. The Bible Answer Man (183 views)
  8. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (176 views)
  9. Skeptic Summary #39 (126 views)
  10. TAM4 (114 views)
  11. Tommy Debates the Bible Answer man (101 views)
  12. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (89 views)
  13. Evolution, Scientology Style (89 views)
  14. Why Do Creationists Fear Evolution? (89 views)
  15. You’re an Idiot (86 views)
  16. Spam Alert (83 views)
  17. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (82 views)
  18. Mesmer, Casino Monkey, and Video Sex (82 views)
  19. The Biblical support for a Flat Earth and Geocentricism (77 views)
  20. Evil Skeptic and a Visit to Awareness 2000 (76 views)
There were 24,349 daily visitors last month.


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