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Skeptic Summary #271

By The Staff
Posted on: 2/7/2010

A new series, a propodeception, some Obama answers, crunchy time, the known universe and more!

Week ending February 06, 2010 (Vol 7, #6)

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:
Another thrilling AiG series! - The neverending fail.

Deceiving in the name of Jesus, again - From the funding of Prop. 8 to why gays shouldn’t marry.

Where has this Obama been? - Dems fighting words!

Editor’s Choice: It’s crunch time for Wakefield - And he got crunched.

Kil’s Evil Pick:
The Known Universe” — This six-minute video comes from the Science Magazine YouTube channel. And it’s very cool. They say:
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang.

Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.
But here’s the thing. Make sure to check out the rest of the NEW Science Channel from Science Magazine. There are a lot of great videos there. I have subscribed to the channel. You should do the same…

The plural of anecdote is not data.
— Roger Brinner

Chat Highlights:
Wednesday: Chat started off with some funk and other music, including a museum in Seattle. The other half of it contains Sci-Fi artifacts, which Dave claims may destroy science fiction for you. Something about pulling back too much of the curtain. Discussion changed over to sign language, specifically the (non-ASL) sign for bullshit: Cross one arm over the other in front of you, extend the pinky and pointer finger in the top hand, flex and extend the bottom hand. At this point the electrical engineering puns began and some comments on the new iPad closed out chat.

Come chat with us.

New Members This Week:

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Elsewhere in the World:
The autism-vaccine lie that won’t die

Dr. Robert Clayton Explains the Yellowstone Earthquake Swarms

Godless Squeeee!

Hubble, sky survey catch rare asteroid crash, NASA says

The martyrdom of St. Andy

New Research Rejects 80-Year Theory of ‘Primordial Soup’ as the Origin of Life

Oral conception

Scientologists in Haiti: A Firsthand Account

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter #112

Time for Atheists to Stop It

White House reveals secret cooperation with AbdulMutallab family

The world’s most generic news report — Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.

Book of the Week:
Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology, by Kenneth L. Feder.

“Ancient astronauts? Atlantis? Psychic archaeology? Pharaoh’s curses? Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, this indispensable supplementary text uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can truly know things about the past through science. The text presents examples of fantastic findings, and carefully, logically, and entertainingly describes the flaws in the purported evidence for each fantastic claim; readers can hone their own evaluative skills by example.”

— Product Description

This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. The Supper
  2. Scattershots: gargoyles & grotesques
  3. Funny FAILS
  4. Did I miss something about climate change?
  5. The shallow end of the gene pool…
  6. Deceiving in the name of Jesus, again
  7. Quote Mine warning propaganda poster
  8. PZ expelled from Expelled — Dawkins slips in!
  9. The birth of our moon?
  10. New World Order happening right now!
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two
  3. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle
  4. TAM5
  5. Mesmer, Casino Monkey, and Video Sex
  6. The Biblical support for a Flat Earth and Geocentricism
  7. Laetrile
  8. Scientific Truth
  9. Come & Receive your Miracle: A Sunday Afternoon at a Robert Tilton Crusade
  10. The Bible’s Bad Fruits
There were 22,961 daily visitors this week.

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