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Skeptic Summary #227

By The Staff
Posted on: 3/15/2009

Pie, Moses, crimes, funding, funnies, the end and more!

Week ending March 14, 2009 (Vol 6, #9)

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:
Happy Pi Day! - I got a blueberry pie… what did you get?

Moses was high on drugs, Israeli researcher says - Whatever dude… pass the communion snacks.

MURDER and TREASON! - Can we be more alarmist?

Obama to restore stem cell funding - One small step in funding, a giant leap for mankind.

Editor’s Choice: Stewart and Cramer - When economic journalism becomes a parody of itself.

Kil’s Evil Pick:
After days of looking for a new Evil Pick, I wound up here. Sue me…

Science may be hard to understand. It may challenge cherished beliefs. When its products are placed at the the disposal of politicians or industrialists, it may lead to weapons of mass destruction and grave threats to the environment. But one thing you have to say about it: it delivers the goods.
— Carl Sagan

Chat Highlights:
Wednesday: Chat got off to a slow start, most likely because we were talking about math. Things got going first with Wolfram Alpha. Eventually conversation strayed to France’s military history and gender association with objects and countries. Then movie talk started up with Will Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction. Somehow we wound up watching Ernie Kovac’s Nairobi Trio and I’m still not sure what to think of it. The night ended with politics, mostly concerning Hillary’s gaffe with Russia.

Come chat with us.

New Members This Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
Casey Luskin is a WHAT?

DI Blames Templeton for Catholic Snub

Medical scumbag’s masterclass in fraud

Newly discovered fish crosses Peter Pan with Dracula

Phoenix Mars Lander Found Liquid Water, Some Scientists Think

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:
On Truth, by Harry G. Frankfurt.

“Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect.

Our culture’s devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people (professional thinkers) won’t even acknowledge ‘true’ and ‘false’ as meaningful categories, and even those who claim to love truth cause the rest of us to wonder whether they, too, aren’t simply full of it. Practically speaking, many of us deploy the truth only when absolutely necessary, often finding alternatives to be more saleable, and yet somehow civilization seems to be muddling along. But where are we headed? Is our fast and easy way with the facts actually crippling us? Or is it ‘all good?’ Really, what’s the use of truth, anyway?

With the same leavening wit and commonsense wisdom that animates his pathbreaking work On Bullshit, Frankfurt encourages us to take another look at the truth: there may be something there that is perhaps too plain to notice but for which we have a mostly unacknowledged yet deep-seated passion. His book will have sentient beings across America asking, ‘The truth — why didn’t I think of that?’”

— Book Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in!
  2. Beelzebufo ampinga
  3. Possum on the half shell
  4. Fundamentalists Hate Noah's Ark
  5. A half of a wing & a piece of a prayer
  6. Obama to restore stem cell funding
  7. Quote Mine warning propaganda poster
  8. Stop laughing, dammit! This is serious shit!
  9. Funny FAILS
  10. Art or oxygen theft?
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two
  3. Skeptic Summary #152
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle
  5. The Bible’s Bad Fruits
  6. Miracle Thaw Tray
  7. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down?
  8. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony!
  9. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults
  10. Evolution is a Lie
There were 9,567 daily visitors this week.

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