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Skeptic Summary #159

By The Staff
Posted on: 9/29/2007

Craig, discrimination, more discrimination, ideas please, shared genes, your source, quirks and more!


Week ending September 29, 2007 (Vol 4, #36)

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:
Craig returns, first votes against hate crime act - Hypocrisy rears its ugly head a couple more times.

Discrimination against alternative ministers in PA - This thread is not about homeopathic holy water.

Instructor wouldn’t teach Adam & Eve, is fired - Or was he?

Editor’s Choice: New features? - Calling everyone with ideas for the SFN!

From the Archives: Man, chimps share genes - But what does that mean?
This Week’ Poll:
How did you find us?
Kil’s Evil Pick:
This week I give you Richard Wiseman’s Quirkology as my pick. Since this site is really an advertisement for the book of the same name, there will be a tie-in with our suggested reading for this week.

The thing is, there is so much cool stuff on this site, including the videos and tests that can’t be found in the book, I am suggesting this site as a wonderful adjunct to the book, that really stands on its own as a great place to visit.

Also, he was my favorite speaker at both of the TAM events that I attended.
SkeptiQuote:
When did ignorance become a point
of view?
— Dilbert
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Is American football the contemporary version of old Roman Gladiator games, for the purpose of manipulation of human emotion? What city is Superman’s Metropolis, or what town is it modelled on?

Wednesday: The night opened up with proper techniques for drug mixing and an unrelated, but still hilarious, YouTube video. Once the small talk and financial puns quieted down, a discussion about who should be able to become an officiating minister started, and carried on through the rest of the night. Much of what was said you can see reflected in its corresponding thread.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
marria8
soyuz
Blondin

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Elsewhere in the World:
The Judge Judy Show is a Scam!

Omega-3 and the GCSE year trial? It still smells fishy

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:
Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, by Richard Wiseman.



“An award-winning psychologist exposes the truth behind life’s little oddities and absurdities in this quirky and practical guide to life.

For over twenty years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed-dating and personal ads, and what a person’s sense of humor reveals about the innermost workings of their mind — all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work. Wiseman’s research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake séances in allegedly haunted buildings. With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamored couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.”

— Book Description


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Rejoice Republicans, the Savior approacheth (1,288 views)
  2. We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (666 views)
  3. NASA-1934 warmest year on record! (577 views)
  4. Consensus falling apart by the day (566 views)
  5. Discrimination against alternative ministers in PA (366 views)
  6. Instructor wouldn’t teach Adam & Eve, is fired (361 views)
  7. Bush declares: Hillary will win (328 views)
  8. Craig returns, first votes against hate crime act (274 views)
  9. Our very own pyramid and Easter Island heads (261 views)
  10. Really creepy illusions (227 views)
Articles:
  1. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (3,731 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (672 views)
  3. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (94 views)
  4. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (52 views)
  5. Scientific Truth (43 views)
  6. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (42 views)
  7. The Skeptic Friend’s visit to the ICR (41 views)
  8. Miracle Thaw Tray (40 views)
  9. Cold Reading (38 views)
  10. Skeptic Summary #158 (37 views)
There were 8,582 daily visitors this week.

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