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Skeptic Summary #172

By The Staff
Posted on: 12/30/2007

Rumbling, psychowhatsits, humbuggery, confusion, a collision, resolutions and more!

Week ending December 29, 2007 (Vol 4, #49)

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:
Let’s get ready to rumble - Probably what the Magi did, too.

Psychohistory for real? - I can’t predict that.

The myth of the secularist humbug - Bah!

Editor’s Choice: Confusion - Very aptly named topic.

From the Archives: Asteroid on collision course? Looks likely - Let the countdown begin…
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Well, it just about the New Year. If you’re thinking about resolutions, you might want to pick up some tips from a study lead by Richard Wiseman:
- The results of my research into New Year’s Resolutions have just been announced. This research involved tracking over 3,000 people for a year, as they attempted to achieve their resolution. The study has revealed how men and women should adopt different strategies for success, and was reported in several newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. There are links to these reports on

- We are now recruiting for the 2008 New Year Resolution Experiment, so if you want help achieving your goals, feel free to sign up on the Quirkology homepage.
To think outside the box, one
first must know what is inside
the box.
— Unknown
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: There was no chat on Sunday, so far as I know.

Wednesday: The day after Christmas, even for skeptics, was apparently spent playing with gifts rather than chatting with us. One of our staff members spent about 15 minutes chatting with himself before realizing that nobody was going to play, so he took his football and went back home.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:

(Not a member? Become one today!)

Elsewhere in the World:
A year of scares, quacks, and geeky truths

Judge explains ‘intelligent design’ ruling

Skepticality Xmas 2007 - Interview: James Randi

Top 10 science news stories this year

What’s New by Bob Park

You Can’t Teach a Creationist New Tricks

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Book of the Week:
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Submarines, by Michael DiMercurio and Michael Benson.

“Providing a detailed look at modern submarines and an exhaustively researched history, this book will be a comprehensive look into the world of underwater boats.

An extensive look at submarines in battle and an inside look at future submarines is also included.

The technology discussed will be as cutting-edge as it gets…”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (1,442 views)
  2. Nazi Christmas (1,165 views)
  3. The myth of the secularist humbug (854 views)
  4. MMGW debunked! (633 views)
  5. LiLo (Behe) is back! (608 views)
  6. Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (163 views)
  7. Psychohistory for real? (149 views)
  8. Global communication — beta (142 views)
  9. Discover the underwater dystopia of Bioshock (132 views)
  10. Huckabee Christmas ad (127 views)
  1. Evolving a Venom or Two (424 views)
  2. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (346 views)
  3. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (308 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (112 views)
  5. Skeptic Summary #152 (64 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (50 views)
  7. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (43 views)
  8. Cold Reading (36 views)
  9. Skeptic Summary #171 (32 views)
  10. Scientific Truth (27 views)
There were 6,638 daily visitors this week.

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