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New Junior Skeptic wing at Skeptic.com

We’re pleased to launch the new Junior Skeptic wing of Skeptic.com. Check it out! Phase One content is complete and live, featuring essentials like a back issue browser, FAQ, staff bios, and subscription info. It’s now easy to explore, look up, or order back issues of Junior Skeptic. Visit and link to Junior Skeptic’s new home on the web:

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Watch for upcoming Phase Two improvements and exclusive new content. In the coming months, we’ll be adding valuable free resources for parents, students, teachers and researchers — not to mention plenty of fun extras!


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Science & Politics

John Brockman, editor of Edge.org, has posted a target article on science and politics entitled What Makes People Vote Republican? by Jonathan Haidt, with commentaries on it by Michael Shermer and others.

READ the target article and all commentaries on it.

READ Michael Shermer’s response, entitled The Conscience of the Conservative.


ORIGINS - The BIG Questions Conference (October 3-4, 2008), presented by the Skeptics Society

Our 2008 Conference (on science & religion)

Oct. 3–4, 2008, seats still available!

So much of the debate turns on big guestions around sthe origin of the universe, the laws of nature, time, life, and consciousness. Often, arguments center on filling these origin gaps with God. But now science is making significant headway into providing natural explanations for these ultimate questions, which leaves us with the biggest question of all: Does science make belief in God obsolete?

Speakers
  • Dr. Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics at Caltech
  • Dr. Paul Davies, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, and author
  • Dr. Stuart Kauffman, founding director, Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics
  • Dr. Christof Koch, Ph.D. (bio)-physics with a minor in Philosophy
  • Dr. Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology at Brown University
  • Dr. Nancey Murphy, Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Donald Prothero, Professor of Geology at Occidental College
  • Dr. Hugh Ross, Ph.D. astronomy from the University of Toronto
  • Dr. Victor Stenger, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at U of Hawaii
  • Dr. Leonard Susskind, the discoverer of string theory
  • with Saturday night entertainment by Mr. Deity and crew (need we say more?)
Hosts

Dr. Philip Clayton, a professor of religion and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology, and Dr. Michael Shermer, the cofounder of the Skeptics Society, the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.

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