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Skeptic Summary #211

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/2/2008

Motoring, biasing, warming, crashing, exploring and more!


Week ending November 01, 2008 (Vol 5, #39)

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:
Bedini motor - A new motor with over 100% efficiency that runs on lies.

Bias? - Reality has an anti-McCain agenda!

Letter to editor cites cause of man-made warming - If only we had known earlier.

Editor’s Choice: Beware! - Hope everyone is okay!



Kil’s Evil Pick:
exploretheabyss.com - Here is your jumping off place for picture galleries of deep-sea animals and expeditions into the deep. The pictures are breathtaking. While this is a commercial site, looking around is free. And there is a lot to look at and read. Just poke around a bit…

SkeptiQuote:
All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability.
— David Hume


Chat Highlights:
Sunday: Chat moderator (yours truly) late, because he (I) forgot about daylight savings adjustment. TV series, and crossovers. Sailing and living in the Virgin Islands. Thorough spongebaths not meant for brother and sister, in Edmonton. Cool and hot women in Brazil. Always make frequent saves, whether working or playing games: you never know when the computer will crash.

Wednesday: Our old friend Jerome got himself a new IP address, allowing him to chat with us undetected. Thus, the majority of chat this week was spent listening to this troll’s sophomoric bullshit. That’s not to say that it wasn’t a little entertaining, at least at first. Many tried to ignore the little prick, instead talking about Obama’s 30 minute special and tips for purchasing a used car. The end of chat was focused heavily around universal health care and the economy: the difference between banks and credit unions, how to make the most off your money safely, and how to up your credit score (even when you have no money).

Come chat with us.


New Members This Week:
mariezzzz
oldcastle
Leewingfield
Leroy Jenkems

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Elsewhere in the World:
Foul air fallacies

Holocaust denier David Irving has found his calling

Running from HELL

Skeptics! Load your google bombs!

Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist?

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:
Deception & Self-Deception: Investigating Psychics, by Richard Wiseman.



“…Deception And Self-Deception is Wiseman’s intense yet entertaining look at the world of such psychics, and a detailed report and analysis of his investigations. Deception is on the part of those who claim to see the future, have extraordinary powers, or allege they possess the gift of healing. Included are chapters on a wide variety of deception; techniques psychics use, and complete reports on his investigations of physical medium Eusapia Palladino, the ESP claims of the Society for Research in Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), psychics hire by law enforcement, Indian psychics, and data from various experiments testing such psychic abilities.

Deception And Self-Deception is an important book outlining the scientific procedures that can be used to test psychic ability, or unmask trickery during an investigation. Also included is an account of the reliability of testimony related to seances, the performances of alleged psychics, and the health dangers some ‘healers’ present. Wiseman urges the need for responsible and scientific investigations into the paranormal, while recalling his numerous amusing and shocking adventures over the years as a psychic investigator.”

— Midwest Book Review




This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in! (3,717 views)
  2. Who is the Infidel Guy? (410 views)
  3. Possum on the half shell (397 views)
  4. Anchor Anne Pressly killed for starring in W movie (395 views)
  5. What would it take to prove… (370 views)
  6. Beelzebufo ampinga (279 views)
  7. Art or oxygen theft? (247 views)
  8. A Half of a Wing & A piece of A Prayer (240 views)
  9. Half of U.S. doctors use placebo (231 views)
  10. Are skepticism and Buddhism compatible? (222 views)
Articles:
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (1,273 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (1,194 views)
  3. Skeptic Summary #152 (117 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (97 views)
  5. What is a Skeptic and Why Bother Being One? (52 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (45 views)
  7. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (40 views)
  8. Cold Reading (33 views)
  9. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (30 views)
  10. Evolution is a Lie (27 views)
There were 8,640 daily visitors this week.
Last Month’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in! (16,960 views)
  2. Possum on the half shell (2,194 views)
  3. Beelzebufo ampinga (1,083 views)
  4. Debate #2 (990 views)
  5. Bailout rejected by the House (934 views)
  6. A Half of a Wing & A piece of A Prayer (917 views)
  7. Obama’s “Kenyan Citizenship” (892 views)
  8. If these numbers hold it could be a landslide (860 views)
  9. What is photorealism? (849 views)
  10. Crop circles again… (820 views)
  11. Art or oxygen theft? (776 views)
  12. VP debate (769 views)
  13. Religulous — recommendation (704 views)
  14. Stop laughing, dammit! This is serious shit! (567 views)
  15. LiLo (Behe) is back! (566 views)
  16. Palin accuses Obama of having ‘terrorist’ friends (450 views)
  17. Skeptic or old grouch (437 views)
  18. Attenborough’s mother fish… (432 views)
  19. What would it take to prove… (423 views)
  20. Who is the Infidel Guy? (410 views)
Articles:
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (6,086 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (5,304 views)
  3. Skeptic Summary #152 (514 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (390 views)
  5. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (168 views)
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray (168 views)
  7. Cold Reading (139 views)
  8. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (128 views)
  9. Evolution is a Lie (113 views)
  10. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (95 views)
  11. What is a Skeptic and Why Bother Being One? (88 views)
  12. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (79 views)
  13. The Fred Flintstone Hoax (76 views)
  14. Scientific Truth (72 views)
  15. Evolution, Scientology Style (69 views)
  16. Time Warner Cable: Trick or Treat? (69 views)
  17. Questioning the Validity of False Memory Syndrome (68 views)
  18. Calorad (67 views)
  19. The Bible Answer Man (64 views)
  20. Evil Skeptic and a Visit to Awareness 2000 (56 views)
There were 38,001 daily visitors in October, 2008.


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