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James Randi Speaks: Does It Work?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 31, 2009

Does Randi rock or what?

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on January 30, 2009

It is sad that a professional and scientific institution has the opportunity to deal with this situation as professionals and scientists or as gullible asses, and they have chosen the latter. Rather than calling in an exorcist and the local ghost-hunting boob, they should have called in a skeptic. Skeptics have actually thought about such phenomena from a reality-based perspective and have developed a relevant knowledge-base that can be useful.

Steve Novella

United States Becoming More Secular

Posted in Left Coast Librul by Skepdude on January 30, 2009

A just-published study by the American Religious Identification Survey found that 14.1% of Americans or 29,481,000 people identify as atheist, humanist, agnostic or non-religious (see pages 12-13, SO sorry about the PDF).

Additionally, nearly 40% of those who identified as Christian stated that neither they themselves nor members of their families belonged to or attended a church or religious institution. The difference between “identification as” and “affiliation with” [a religious institution] is very pronounced: people call themselves Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim… but don’t attend Church/Temple/Mosque. The association is more a state of mind than actual state of being.


Open enrollment

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 30, 2009

Hi there loyal readers. As you know the mission of Skepfeeds is to gather the best skeptical blogs of the day by a human reader as opposed to an automated aggregator. For more info about this you can refer to my About Skepfeeds page.

Achieving this goal is quite time consuming. I am quite happy to report that there is a multitude of really good skepctical blogs out there, and that gives me great joy and hope for the future. Nevertheless, I cannot possibly cover everything I think I should cover on my own.

Therefore, I am looking for 2 additional contributors (for the time being) who are willing to join forces with me in expanding the reach and daily posting acitivity here at Skepfeeds. There are only two requirements:

  1. You must have your own skeptical blog.
  2. You must e-mail me through the contact address listed at your own personal blog.

That’s it. The reason for these requirements is to ensure that I give access only to serious skeptical minded people (thus the blog requirment since I can peruse the entries and decide if that person is what I am looking for), and the e-mail request is to ensure that the owner of the blog is infact contacting me,not someone pretending to be the owner.

I am limiting this request fo the time being to two additional writers, since I want to see how this goes. If everything goes well I would be glad to expand the number of contributors.

If you are interested drop me a line at

Atheist Christmas?

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on January 29, 2009

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio sent out a suggestion to various towns to declare 12 February Darwin Day, in honor of the man and his science. Nice gesture, I think; it’s a small token of appreciation that doesn’t cost anyone anything. The city of Whitehall went for it, but then something odd happened — people complained.

So they watered it down to declaring February a month of science, and added Galileo’s name to the list of honorees. OK, that’s a bit craven, and their intent is transparent, but it’s a reasonable compromise. Go for it!

Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for the creationists. Now they want to remove Darwin’s name! What a silly thing to do.


Man kills mother on suspicion of illicit relations

Posted in News by Skepdude on January 29, 2009


A YOUTH slaughtered his mother on suspicion of illicit relations at Shaheen Colony in the Factory Area police precincts on Monday. The deceased was identified as 45-year-old Zarqa Sana.

According to Mirza Atif, another son of the victim, his elder but step brother Dilawar started exchanging harsh words with their mother over a family matter. During the process, the accused shot at and injured the victim. Later, he slaughtered her with a sharp-edged weapon. Rescue 1122 officials, after being informed, reached the scene and rushed the victim to the General Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead. Meanwhile, police officials reached the scene and removed the body to morgue.

Police sources, however, claimed that the killer was suspicious that his mother had developed illicit relations with a local of the area. They alleged that Zarqa was going to meet her paramour on Monday and Dilawar stopped her but she turned a deaf ear to his words. Factory Area Circle ASP Sarfaraz Virak said they had arrested the killer, who confessed to committing the crime in police custody, alleging that his mother had a bad character.


Loony tunes of the day

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 29, 2009

So what do a 93 year old dead guy with a huge unpaid utility bill, Al Gore and the U.S. Patent office have in common? Alien (as in extraterrestrial)  “clean” energy conspiracies of course! Did you know that there is, currently on this Earth, knowledge and possibly reverse-engineered technology for cleaner energy than solar and wind? I did not know nuclear energy science had advanced that much!

Homeopath decides to move to Tanzania to use his craft to “cure as many people as possible” in an effort to convince skeptics that he’s not full of it. So let me get this straight, he can’t make the science work as it should so the solution is to go out in a third world country and experiment with god knows how many people’s lifes under no supervision whatsoever, because this guy thinks scientists have it in for him? A bit conceited, not to mention extremely unethical, no? I have a suggestion for him. He may want to take his “medicine” not in pill form but in its liquid form. At least let these people get some clean drinking water out of this.

And in closing don’t forget to always evaluate alternative medicine as it relates to God’s commandments following the “four R” plan. I’m just finding it a bit hard to find out God’s stance on homeopathy and UFOs? Could have been on the dropped Gospels. Anyone has any insights on this matter?

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on January 28, 2009

But when the religious are challenged, there is no evidence for them to consult. By definition, if you have faith, you are choosing to believe in the absence of evidence. Nobody has “faith” that fire hurts, or Australia exists; they know it, based on proof. But it is psychologically painful to be confronted with the fact that your core beliefs are based on thin air, or on the empty shells of revelation or contorted parodies of reason. It’s easier to demand the source of the pesky doubt be silenced.

Johann Hari-The Independent.

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Christians are such nice moral folk!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 28, 2009

You shouldn’t listen to this around small children or at work or any other such situation. I think this guy’s been reading the Satanic Bible. And why the hell is he, at least, half naked? In defense of religion, I think this guy’s missing about 3 pounds of screws to begin with, but of course religion does not help when it comes to intolerance!

Yet More Evidence Against a Link Between Thimerosal and Autism

Posted in Neurologica by Skepdude on January 27, 2009

A new study published yesterday (Monday) in the journal Pediatrics provides more evidence against any link between thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative in some vaccines) and autism or other neurological disorders. This study adds to the large and growing body of scientific evidence for the safety of vaccines, and contradicting the claims of the anti-vaccine movement that vaccines cause autism.

The study is a bit fortuitous in that it was not originally designed to probe this question. Rather, this was a safety and efficacy study of the acellular pertussis vaccine conducted in Italy between 1992 and 1993. But it created a cohort of children who were carefully screened and monitored, and randomized to different exposures to thimerosal. This allowed the researchers to go back 10 years later to survey and examine the children for neurological disorders.