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August 31, 1998

Skeptic Classification Scheme List Archive

Skeptic Classification Scheme List Archive
A couple of weeks ago, I ran an item about the Skeptic Classification Scheme List, a new e-mail list operated by Kjetil Kjernsmo, webmaster of the Norwegian skeptics. The list was formed to discuss the creation of a method for classifying, organizing, and locating skeptic resources on the web. The intent is to create something like the equivalent of a "Dewey Decimal System" for skeptical topics. One possible application of this would be to create a Yahoo-like automated search engine, which would allow the user interested in a particular topic to locate relevant documents scattered on numerous sites. Now that a couple of weeks have passed, the discussion has begun in earnest. If you haven't joined the e-mail list, you might want to check the archives -- and then join the list!

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August 30, 1998

Tampa Bay Skeptics' $1,000 Challenge Accepted by Virginia Levy

Tampa Bay Skeptics' $1,000 Challenge Accepted by Virginia Levy
The Tampa Bay Skeptics will be testing the the "psychometry" powers (reading vibrations from objects) of Titusville "psychic/prophet" Virginia Levy on Saturday, September 19, in Tampa, Florida. Check their site for details.

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August 29, 1998

Mass Media Funk - Psychic Dog Fails ESP Test; Spontaneous Human Combustion Explained

Mass Media Funk - Psychic Dog Fails ESP Test; Spontaneous Human Combustion Explained
The Skeptic's Refuge, in the Mass Media Funk column, briefly summarizes two recent news items. In the first, Jaytee, a "clairvoyant" terrier, is tested to see whether he knows when his owner is about to return home. (If Jaytee won Randi's million dollar challenge, how would he spend the money?) In the second, researchers test the "wick effect," in which a body's fat fuels the flames. How nice.

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New from Prometheus Books - Spring/Summer 1998 and Fall 1998/Winter 1999

New from Prometheus Books - Spring/Summer 1998 and Fall 1998/Winter 1999
The Prometheus Books site now lists their newest releases. Yes, it's true -- in some places, people read about skeptic topics using paper and ink technologies rather than the Internet! Actually, I just bought two books from Prometheus the other day -- The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal and The Encyclopedia of Unbelief. I think those 1,650 pages ought to keep me occupied for awhile.

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August 28, 1998

FMSF Newsletter, September Issue

FMSF Newsletter, September Issue
The September issue of FMS Foundation Newsletter, the newsletter of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, is now online. (The date in the header is July/August, but it really is the September issue.) Feature articles in this issue are ... well, too numerous to list! You can be sure, however, that if you have an interest in false/repressed memories, you'll want to read every issue.

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Indian Skeptic, Volume 2

Indian Skeptic, Volume 2
Gerald Huber of the Indian Skeptic sent me an e-mail message saying, "Indian Skeptic has now uploaded most of the contents of Volume 2. (Volume 1 and Volume 3 are still in progress.)" Originally I thought his message meant a single issue, but when I looked at the site, I found that he said what he meant -- 12 issues, published between May 1989 and April 1990. That's quite a bit of reading for us! Thanks for the news, Gerald! Be sure to let us know when you've posted more.

Hmmm... The Indian Skeptic, hosted on a server located in Germany, is being reported here on a server located in the U.S. That's one aspect of operating the Skeptic News that I've found quite interesting -- the opportunity to read about skeptic activities all over the world! Since nearly one out of every five visitors to the site is from outside of the U.S., I suspect the international flavor (flavour?) will continue.

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Darwin's Precursors and Influences

Darwin's Precursors and Influences
The Talk.Origins Archive has updated this article. "It is sometimes claimed by those who wish to denigrate the achievements of Charles Darwin that he was little more than a 'serial plagiarist.' This essay aims to show that Darwin, like any scientist, had influences, but that he was honest in his theoretical development."

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August 27, 1998

King Tut's Curse 'A Killer Bug'

King Tut's Curse 'A Killer Bug'
The Australian Skeptics have posted another new Media Watch article. "Can King Tut's Curse be explained by hibernating microscopic spores? Two media reports arrived on the same day regarding this matter, one from London, one from South Australia."

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Duped by Flying Saucery

Duped by Flying Saucery
The Australian Skeptics have posted a new Media Watch article. In this one, "Professor Paul Davies reports upon a flurry of UFO activity over the last few weeks, some of it in the sky, but mostly on TV."

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One Month Anniversary!

One Month Anniversary!
It just occurred to me -- yesterday was the one-month anniversary of the Skeptic News going online! So far, not a day has gone by without at least one news item being posted. Well isn't that special?

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