SETI bioastro: FW: Articles of Note & Skeptics in the Pub (UK)

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From: Larry Klaes (
Date: Mon Jun 18 2001 - 08:50:59 PDT

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Subject: Articles of Note & Skeptics in the Pub (UK)

>From Skeptical Newshound Joe Littrell

  Loch Ness Hunters Set Sights on Irish Monster
 By Kevin Smith

 "An international team of monster hunters is due in Ireland this month in
 search of a fabled serpent with the body of a giant eel and a horse-like

 Hormone therapy: Doubts grow Research suggests little value other than for
 hot flashes
 By Rita Rubin

 "Hormone replacement therapy has been promoted for everything from
 protecting against heart attacks to staving off Alzheimer's. But evidence
 is accumulating that women should not count on it for more than relief of
 menopause symptoms such as hot flashes."

 Red planet sparks UFO frenzy
 Daily Telegraph,4057,2110559%255E11610,00.html

 "AT midnight tonight, the silly season officially begins."

 Virus hoax warns people to delete AOL
 By Sam Costello

 "Perhaps the greatest thrill for any prankster is to have his hoax taken as
 something authentic. Just such a thing has happened to Ray Owens, who runs
 a Web site called Joke A Day."

Museum Tackles Texas Outlaw Mystery
 Associated Press

 "Outlaw Wild Bill Longley twice cheated the noose, but popular Texas
 folklore that he got away a third time is wrong. Scientists say tests of
 the body in his grave show that it is, indeed, Longley."

>From John Thomas:

About one-third of the people who were exposed to a fake print advertisement
that described a visit to Disneyland and how they met and shook hands with
Bugs Bunny later said they remembered or knew the event happened to them.

From: (Scott Campbell)

This is your reminder for the JUNE 2001 'Skeptics in the Pub' meeting:

DATE - Thursday, June 21st, 2001
TIME - 19:30
PLACE- Upstairs in the Florence Nightingale pub
199 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1, U.K.
Junction with York Road, on the roundabout, near Waterloo station.
Entry fee is £2.

Detailed directions and a map of how to get to the pub can be found at

This month's speaker is Dr Scott Campbell. Dr Campbell is a Lecturer in the
Department of Philosophy, and the Institute for the Study of Genetics,
Biorisks and Society (IGBiS), at the University of Nottingham. He is the
creator and director of Skeptics in the Pub, and is on the National
Committee of the Australian Skeptics. In the last couple of years he has
been published (or is about to be) in American Philosophical Quarterly,
Australasian Journal of Philosophy, The New Criterion, The Australian’s
Review of Books, Philosophical Studies, Partisan Review, Review of
Metaphysics, the (Australian) Skeptic, Quadrant, Canadian Journal of
Philosophy, Dialogue, Erkenntnis and Ratio. A psychic once told him on
television that he was heading for change, so perhaps he’ll turn into a
werewolf halfway through his talk.

Title: 'Why Falsificationism is False'. A look at how misguided philosophy
of science can lead believers and skeptics astray.

A welcome is extended to anyone interested in, or skeptical about, the
paranormal, alternative medicine, psychic powers, pseudo-science, UFOs,
alien abductions, creationism, Fortean phenomena, cult religions,
water-divining, lost civilisations, etc.

The talk will be followed by informal discussion in a relaxed and friendly
pub atmosphere. Real ales and food available. Non-skeptics are welcome and
you can turn up at any time during the night.

Planned meeting dates to September are as follows:

Wednesday 18th July: JON RONSON from Channel 4’s "The Secret Rulers of the
World" show will be talking to us this promises to be a fantastic event,
so don’t miss it. Get there early for a seat and table!
- note that this talk is on a Wednesday.

Thursday August 16: Scott Wood.
Topic: Sex and Dogs and UFO's: A Meze of Strange Beliefs and Outsider Ideas.

Thursday September 20: Dr Charles Paxton (Univ of St Andrews).
Topic: Sea Monsters? Science and unknown giant aquatic animals.

E-mail me for more information, or to recommend a speaker (perhaps
yourself), or to remove yourself from this list.
Scott Campbell <>.

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