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eSkeptic Archives for 2005

December 20th: today’s ruling against Intelligent Design
Burt Humburg and Ed Brayton report on the case of Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School District, which left the courts this morning with an important decision in the place of Intelligent Design.
December 15th: James Randi and the Amazing Meeting 4
Announcing The Amazing Meeting 4 on the theme of “Science in Politics & the Politics of Science” presented by the James Randi Educational Foundation.
December 8th: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fear
Brian Ragle discusses the film “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire.”
December 1st: Ig Nobel awards
Rebecca Watson tells us about her experience at the 2005 Ig Nobel award show — honoring achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think.
November 23rd: Dawkins on the Illusion of Design
This article appeared as the introduction to a special section on ”Darwin & Evolution” in the November issue of Natural History magazine.
November 14th: The Curious Case of Ted Serios
Calvin Campbell shares his lively and strange personal experience with psychic “thoughtographer” Ted Serios.
November 3rd: Skepchicks, International
Rebecca Watson describes “Skepchicks,” an organization of smart, skeptical women who are dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking.
October 28th: Young Earth Creationists of the World Unite!
Jason Rosenhouse reports on the 2005 Creation Mega Conference — a young Earth creationist conference that took place in Lynchburg, Virginia, July 17th – 22nd, 2005.
October 19th: Universe in a Single Atom
Michael Shermer reviews The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality by the Dalai Lama.
October 13th: Political Science
David Brin’s reviews The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney.
October 4th: Announcing the NEW Skeptic Website!
This week’s eSkeptic announces the launch of the new Skeptic website!
September 28th: The Great Debate: Deepak Chopra v. Michael Shermer
Deepak Chopra and Michael Shermer debate The Value of Skepticism: Is Skepticism a Negative or a Positive for Science and Humanity?
September 21st: New Season of Lectures at Caltech
The Skeptics Society announces the new season of the Skeptics Distinguished Lecture Series at Caltech.
September 13th: Rights From Wrongs
Kenneth W. Krause reviews Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origin of Rights by Alan Dershowitz.
September 2nd: Prayer Therapy
The Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health presents a follow-up study to a clinical trial on the efficacy of prayer therapy.
August 26th: a Ufologist Friend’s Obituary
Gary Posner eulogizes ufologist Philip J. Klass. Michael McGough offers his opinion editorial on Intelligent Design.
August 16th: God & Evolution
Michael Shermer reports on George W. Bush’s remarks on Intelligent Design (ID) Creationism and discusses whether it is logically consistent to believe in God and the theory of evolution simultaneously.
August 5th: Reading Homo sapiens
David Michelson reviews The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative.
July 28th: The Spaceships of Ezekiel
In a rebuff to UFO enthusiasts, Tim Callahan extrapolates the earthly origins of Ezekial’s visions.
July 15th: God the Father
Kenneth W. Krause reviews The Psychological Roots of Religious Belief: Searching for Angels and the Parent-God by M.D. Faber.
July 7th: A Skeptic Goes to an Exorcism
Lee Traynor participates in an exorcism and lives to tell the tale.
July 1st: The Life and Science of Fred Hoyle
James N. Gardner reviews Conflict in the Cosmos: Fred Hoyle’s Life in Science, a biography by Simon Mitton.
June 24th: The Woodstock of Evolution
Michael Shermer reports on the World Summit on Evolution in the Galapagos.
June 10th: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Two reviewers—James N. Gardner and Michael Shermer—share their thoughts on The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe.
June 1st: Left Below — a review of Resurrection
Tim Callahan reviews Resurrection, an ABC Television 20/20 special.
May 27th: Brain, Mind & Consciousness
Lee Traynor reports on the Skeptics Society’s 2005 Conference at Caltech.
May 19th: Freakonomics
Michael Shermer reviews Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt.
May 12th: Why Messrs. Spock, Holmes, and Data Were Wrong
Michael Shermer reviews Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.
May 3rd: The Faustian Bargain of David Irving
Michael Shermer examines the Faustian Bargain of David Irving.
April 26th: The Pentagon's Psychic Friend's Network
Michael Shermer reviews The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson.
April 19th: The Blind GodMaker
Michael Shermer reviews Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath.
April 14th: Bill Nye, Black Holes, Julia Sweeney, and Your Brain
Details on upcoming Skeptic events, including lectures by Bill Nye on Germs, Dr. Arthur I. Miller on Black Holes, the Skeptics Society Annual Conference, and Julia Sweeney on Letting Go of God.
April 5th: Not Intelligent, Surely Not Science
Michael Shermer presents “Not Intelligent, Surely Not Science,” an opinion editorial that previously appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
March 29th: on-line forum; new keynote; Mr. Summers’ Hidden Agenda
Susan Carol Losh, Ph.D. responds to an earlier eSkeptic (“Sex, Brains & Hands — Gender Differences in Cognitive Abilities” by Diane Halpern, Tuesday, March 15th, 2005) with a letter titled “Mr. Summers’ Hidden Agenda: Women, Men & the 80-Hour Work Week.”
March 22nd: Race & Sex – The Difference in Theory and the Difference it Makes
Chuck Lemme responds to our reviews of Race: The Reality of Human Differences by Vince Sarich and Frank Miele; Sarich and Miele respond.
March 15th: Sex, Brains & Hands
Dr. Diane Halpern delves into the science of gender differences in her article “Sex, Brains & Hands — Gender Differences in Cognitive Abilities.”
February 24th
Super size this! Patrick Johnson reviews The Obesity Myth: America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health by Paul Campos.
February 18th
Two reviewers — Paul R. Gross and Alondra Oubré — tackle Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele’s book Race: The Reality of Human Differences.
February 11th
Frank Sulloway remembers his former teacher, Ernst Mayr (1904–2005).
February 2nd
Michael Shermer recounts his experience with the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. Also outlines Michael Shermer’s 2005 lecture schedule.
January 28th
The lineup for the Spring 2005 Caltech Lecture Series includes Dr. Michio Kaku, Dr. Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dr. Arthur I. Miller, and Jennifer Michael Hecht.
January 21st
Details on the World Summit on Evolution; Columbia University Miracle research Scandal; Christ on the halfshell; the Amazing Meeting 3 recap in Las Vegas Journal.
January 11th
Upcoming Skeptic events.
January 5th
Announcing Michael Shermer’s latest book, Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown.

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