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Skeptic Summary #182

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/17/2008

Racism, psychicity, not-so-free energy, many many tests and more!

Week ending March 15, 2008 (Vol 5, #10)

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:
Geraldine Ferraro - For the most part, a black and white discussion.

Psychic Update: not so psychic - I just knew some psychic would enter into this thread.

Editor’s Choice: Super generator? Perpetual motion? Another grift? - The over-unity folks begin to eat their own.

Kil’s Evil Pick: - Cool site! Lots of information on parapsychology and you get to take tests, too. Lots of tests. In fact, I have an idea: go to the site, take a bunch of tests to see how psychic you are right now, meditate for two months, then go back and take the tests again.

Write to me in two months and let me know how you did.

We can easily forgive a child who is
afraid of the dark; the real tragedy
of life is when men are afraid of
the light.
— Plato

Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Our chat host was busy recovering.

Wednesday: Poor desktop design started things off. No one seemed to be pleased with the first episode of Smash Lab, the new show on the Discovery Channel which seems to be an attempt of duplicating Mythbusters, but without the myths. Then politics, including modernizing the current nomination system and why libertarians are crazy. Also, politics in skepticism and should skeptics have an almost universal political stance.

Come chat with us.

New Members This Week:
Chris Mayer

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Elsewhere in the World:
Pep, zing, oomph, energy. You won’t find them here

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 Humble Little Condom: a History, by Aine Collier.

“One of the most basic — and ancient — forms of birth control is the condom. Utilized by all cultures for millennia, and referred to by many colorful euphemisms — baudruche, preservativo, machine, peau divine, rubber, and safety — it has featured in the lives, loves, and letters of some of the most famous men in history. Shakespeare, Casanova, George Bernard Shaw, to mention only a few, all appreciated and wrote about the importance of using ‘preventatives.’

Aine Collier provides a unique glimpse into human sexual habits, customs, beliefs, and attitudes in this first history of the prophylactic device that goes back to at least the ancient Egyptians. As she amply demonstrates, the story of this humble piece of paraphernalia is full of intriguing insights into human character with all its flaws and foibles as well as many fascinating historical details… Thoroughly researched yet presented in a witty, enjoyable style that will keep you turning the page for more, The Humble Little Condom is both an entertaining read and an educational, impeccably researched popular history.”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Hell, your final destination? (6,966 views)
  2. What are your favorite words? (2,531 views)
  3. Muslim jihadists (449 views)
  4. We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (431 views)
  5. 9/11 was an inside job! (425 views)
  6. LiLo (Behe) is back! (356 views)
  7. New features? (335 views)
  8. Possum on the half shell (334 views)
  9. Geraldine Ferraro (309 views)
  10. Portrait of Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (291 views)
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (1,142 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (1,121 views)
  3. Skeptic Summary #152 (157 views)
  4. Cold Reading (135 views)
  5. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (79 views)
  6. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (58 views)
  7. American Scientist Review (March/April 1998) (51 views)
  8. Calorad (45 views)
  9. Miracle Thaw Tray (41 views)
  10. Fence-Sitting (39 views)
There were 12,323 daily visitors this week.

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