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Skeptic Summary #208

By The Staff
Posted on: 10/13/2008

Numbers, accusations, evangelizing, apologies, conspiracies, food poisoning and more!


Week ending October 11, 2008 (Vol 5, #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:
If these numbers hold it could be a landslide - At any other forum, I’d tell you to knock on wood.

Palin accuses Obama of having ‘terrorist’ friends - Next up, she accuses Texas of elitism.

Playing the record backwards. Again! - Will the stealth indoctrination never end?

Editor’s Choice: VenomFangX defanged - One down, a zillion to go.

From the Archives: The physics behind the collapses - 9/11 conspiracy stuff. Guess how it ends!



Kil’s Evil Pick:
DNA Free Food
Fifty percent of the food grown in the United States is contaminated with disease causing and environmentally damaging genetically modified organisms. DNA Free Food technology can put an end to this threat to human health and our pristine environment. The DFF society sees problems with consumer acceptance of genetically modified foods entering the market place. Consumers would be shocked to know that even organic foods contain DNA. A representative from Greenpiece said “not enough research has gone into studying the long-term effects of eating DNA.”
Okay, I couldn’t resist. Have fun!

SkeptiQuote:
Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.
— Karl Popper


Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Our Sunday chat host is on vacation.

Wednesday: TFarnon joined us for chat, one of the original members of what became the SFN, back when we were just an AOL chat room. In the beginning, talk focused mostly on TAM, walking to places in Vegas, and passing out from heat stroke. Then the current state of science funding, especially with respect to microbiologists. Much of chat focused on the current economic and political situation. After everyone was sufficiently depressed the topic switched over to food, focusing on Asian cuisine and failed attempts to cook.

Come chat with us.


New Members This Week:
AuroraNightOwl
oldhoosier
Saniyash valera
johnken
TheMQ

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Elsewhere in the World:
Autism’s False Prophets: Finally, science pushes back against antivaccine lunacy

The case of ID v ID

Human evolution stopping? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

The number massage: It’s a gas

OMG, Your Head’s On Fire!!!!

Skepticality #86 — Skeptrack Panel Discussion: “Where Do We Go From 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:
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science, by Robert L. Park.



“If a tree falls on a scientist in a forest with no one else around does it mean he won’t make a sound? Not if that scientist is the indomitable Bob Park, the skeptic’s skeptic, the Ralph Nader of nonsense, the man who rose from the (nearly) dead to pen this uncompromising critique of superstition and the beliefs that follow once you abandon science and reason. Read this book. Now.”

— Michael Shermer




This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in! (781 views)
  2. Debate #2 (731 views)
  3. Bailout rejected by the House (451 views)
  4. If these numbers hold it could be a landslide (438 views)
  5. Possum on the half shell (395 views)
  6. Religulous — recommendation (348 views)
  7. Obama’s “Kenyan Citizenship” (339 views)
  8. Palin accuses Obama of having ‘terrorist’ friends (294 views)
  9. McCain concedes Michigan to Obama! (270 views)
  10. What is photorealism? (189 views)
Articles:
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (1,292 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (1,102 views)
  3. Skeptic Summary #152 (113 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (83 views)
  5. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (50 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (47 views)
  7. Skeptic Summary #207 (32 views)
  8. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (29 views)
  9. Cold Reading (25 views)
  10. Evolution is a Lie (24 views)
There were 7,761 daily visitors this week.


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