February 07, 2005
Saint Nate's Blog: The First Skeptics' Circle
This is a bit late, but those of you who haven't already found it might want to pop over to Saint Nate's and read the first Skeptic's Circle. "What's that?", I hear you asking. The basic idea is that several blogs each post an article about some skeptic-related topic. One of the participating blogs (in this case, Saint Nate's) then posts an article that links to all of the other articles. In short, it's sort of a distributed ezine.
Topics in this first issue include urban legends, biorythms, False Memory Syndrome, Holocaust denial, alternative medicine, and Intelligent Design, among others.
The archives will be located at Circular Reasoning, as well as the schedule for future issues.
Link: The First Skeptics' Circle.
January 27, 2005
(mostly) Rationally Speaking
They say that great minds think alike. I'm not sure whether I qualify, but I know that Massimo Pigliucci does. You might be familiar with his web site, Rationally Speaking. The same day that I thought, "hmm... maybe I should start a skeptic blog", Massimo notified me that he has already done so. Visit the (mostly) Rationally Speaking blog for some great stories. (I'm sure I'll be stealing some of his ideas from time to time.)
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!
August 29, 1998
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.
August 28, 1998
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
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.
August 26, 1998
Letters from REALL
- Letters from REALL
- There's a new feature on the website of the Illinois-based Rational Examination Association of Lincoln Land (of which I am webmaster). Letters sent by our chairman to various newspapers, magazines, and others will be posted there. Topics of current letters include the death of "psychic" Greta Alexander, repressed memories, alternative medicine, and the origin of the universe.
August 25, 1998
CSICOP On-line is the Sci-Fi Weekly Site of the Week
- CSICOP On-line is the Sci-Fi Weekly Site of the Week
- The Sci-Fi channel's Sci-Fi Weekly on-line magazine picked CSICOP's web site as the Sci-Fi Site of the Week for August 10, 1998. With so many news and documentary programs promoting the paranormal, it's ironic that a science fiction channel would promote skepticism. Congratulations, CSICOP!
August 22, 1998
Doubting Thomas, August/September Issue, Full Text
- Doubting Thomas, August/September Issue, Full Text
- Keith Lankford sent me a second bit of news today: "The latest issue of the Sagan Society's newsletter, Doubting Thomas, can now be read in full in an all-text format." Thanks again, Keith!
August 21, 1998
The Skeptic, August Issue
- The Skeptic, August Issue
- A new issue of the newsletter of the North Texas Skeptics is now available. Articles in this issue include "A skeptical view of exorcism and deliverance (part II)," "The third eye," "Pseudoscience in France," "Has science found God?," and "Tenured fruitcakes should go."
August 19, 1998
Skeptical Links Project Updated to Version 9
- Skeptical Links Project Updated to Version 9
- What more is there to say, really? Well, just this: If you haven't already made use of this massive list of links, compiled by the Australian Skeptics, you've been missing out on a great resource.