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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.
Let’s get ready to rumble - Probably what the Magi did, too.Kil’s Evil Pick:
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…
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 quirkology.com.
- 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
Sunday: There was no chat on Sunday, so far as I know.New Members This Week:
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.
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Elsewhere in the World:
A year of scares, quacks, and geeky truthsBook of the Week:
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.
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:
- We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (1,442 views)
- Nazi Christmas (1,165 views)
- The myth of the secularist humbug (854 views)
- MMGW debunked! (633 views)
- LiLo (Behe) is back! (608 views)
- Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (163 views)
- Psychohistory for real? (149 views)
- Global communication — beta (142 views)
- Discover the underwater dystopia of Bioshock (132 views)
- Huckabee Christmas ad (127 views)
There were 6,638 daily visitors this week.
- Evolving a Venom or Two (424 views)
- Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (346 views)
- The Bible’s Bad Fruits (308 views)
- Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (112 views)
- Skeptic Summary #152 (64 views)
- Miracle Thaw Tray (50 views)
- Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (43 views)
- Cold Reading (36 views)
- Skeptic Summary #171 (32 views)
- Scientific Truth (27 views)
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