SETI Sagan: [Fwd: Skeptical Inquirer Electronic Digest 7-15-99]


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
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> SKEPTICAL INQUIRER ELECTRONIC DIGEST 7-14-99
>
> Visit the CSICOP and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine website at
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>was recently rated one of the top ten science sites by HOMEPC magazine.
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> In this week's SIDIGEST:
>
> --Upcoming Events at the Center for Inquiry-West in Los Angeles
> --Join the CSICOP On-Line Community
> --Discover Magazine Features CSICOP Conference on Alt. Medicine
> --Soon-to-Be-Released Bio Reveals the 'Human' Side of Carl Sagan
> --ABC John Stossel Specials Available for Classrooms
> --New Report on Endocrine Disruptors Released
>
> UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CENTER FOR INQUIRY-WEST
>
> The Center for Inquiry-West is the Los Angeles-based bureau and programming
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>Check out their website at www.cfiwest.org
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> A number of prominent speakers and events are part of the on-going
>programming at the Center for Inquiry-West, drawing regular crowds of up to
>hundred.
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> UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDE:
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> The Friday the Thirteenth Bash
>
> 7:13pm
> August 13
>
> The Center for Inquiry-West hosts its first Friday the Thirteenth
>Superstition Bash. This is your chance to thumb your nose at superstitions
>in a festive atmosphere. Party goers may participate in any or all of the
>"Thirteen Stations of Bad Luck" including:
>
> Limbo Under the Ladder
> A Misfortune Teller
> Mirror Bashing
> Salt Throwing
> Misfortune Cookies
> Chain-Letter Toss
> Selling Indulgences
> and More!
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> Admission to the party is free. Drinks and snacks will be available for
>purchase. Superstitious music will be played. Bring in your friends for a
>superstition-busting good time.
>
> -------
>
> Cat Strangling and Other Amusements: An Irreverent Evening with Harlan
>Ellison
>
> 730pm
> Sunday, August 22
>
> "He has been called the world's greatest living writer. It's probably
>ture...so honest, it hurts."
>
> This and much more has been said of Harlan Ellision, proud, vocal
>freethinker and author of such novels as _Angry Candy_, _Children of the
>Streets_, and _Dangerous Visions_. Ellison's career has spanned over fifty
>years and started with his first published story at age 13. He has written
>or edited fifty-eight books, more than twelve hundred stories, essays,
>reviews, articles, motion picture scripts, or teleplays, and been the
>recipient of too many awards to count among them the Hugo award, the Nebula
>Award, and the Edgar Allen Poe Award. Ellision also wrote the teleplay for
>the Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever, which is deemed by
>many as the "best Star Trek episode ever written."
>
> Ellison's appearance at the Center for Inquiry-West is not to be missed.
>There is a $5 admission charge, paid up Center for Inquiry-West Friends are
>free.
>
> JOIN THE CSICOP ON-LINE COMMUNITY
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> The CSICOP website now has forums where you can discuss the latest CSICOP
>news and connect with other skeptics. We're starting out small and need your
>help to build the community, so please visit www.csicop.org and click
>"Community".
>
> DISCOVER MAGAZINE FEATURES CSICOP ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE CONF.
>
> The August issue of Discover Magazine features a cover story on alternative
>medicine guru Andrew Weil. For a critical perspective on Weil, writer Brad
>Lemley attended the February CSICOP-sponsored "Science Meets Alternative
>Medicine" conference held in February. Lemley quotes extensively from the
>keynote speech of New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM) editor Marsha Angell,
>and from the panel speech of NEJM editor Arnold Relman. CSICOP Fellow
>Wallace Sampson and biochemist Saul Green are also quoted.
>
> The August issue of Discover Magazine is currently available on newstands,
>and look for it soon on their website at http://www.discover.com. For more
>on the Philadelphia conference, go to
>http://www.csicop.org/articles/19990226-altmed/.
>
> NEW BIO REVEALS THE "HUMAN" SIDE OF CARL SAGAN
>
> The following is a press release on an upcoming book from publisher John
>Wiley & Sons that is sure to interest readers of SI DIGEST. It is due out
>September 24.
>
> CARL SAGAN: A LIFE
> Keay Davidson
>
> In the first biography about the fascinating scientist who inspired a
>generation to look to the stars and beyond, Sagan's fans and foes can finally
>begin to understand the complex man behind the visionary legend. The bio
>offers an unprecendented look at Sagan's life through exclusive interviews
>with his family and friends, numberous scientists and colleagues, and even
>his opponents. With unique access to private letters and historical
>documents, Davidson shows Sagan's roller-coaster life of successes and
>failures--both professionally and personally.
>
> "This is a fascinating book about an extraordinary man--and the evidence is
>in the reading."
> --Johnny Carson
>
> "Absolutely fascinating...Davidson has done a remarkable job."
> --Sir Arthur C. Clarke
>
> Author Keay Davidson is the chief science reporter for the San Francisco
>Examiner and has written feature articles for National Geographic and New
>Scientist. He is the co-author of the acclaimed Wrinkles in Time, with
>George Smoot and the author of the official tie-in book to the movie
>"Twister."
>
> For more information, check out www.wiley.com
>
> ABC'S JOHN STOSSEL SPECIALS HEAD TO THE CLASSROOM
>
> The following was passed on to CSICOP from ABC Television:
>
> Greetings,
> I was just at your web page review of John Stossel and thought you'd be
> interested to know that we are working with John Stossel to incorporate his
> ABC News TV specials into classroom curriculums.
>
> For more information, please visit http://www.stossel.org
>
> We'd be interested in any assistance that you may
> provide in order to help us get the word out to high school
> teachers, college professors, and the general public.
>
> Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
>
> Best regards,
> Rick
>
> Rick Platt, Director of Marketing
> Stossel in the Classroom at www.stossel.org
> email: info@stossel.org
>
> NEW REPORT ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS AVAILABLE
>
> Skeptics may be interested in a new report evaluating the influence of
>endocrine disruptors on human health. The following notice is from the
>American Council on Science and Health:
>
> Are Endocrine Disruptors a Threat to Your Health?
>
> For years, researchers have investigated the theory that trace levels of
>industrial
> chemicals are hazardous to human health. Although studies have failed to
>establish a causal relationship, some scientists and activist groups continue
>to blame trace levels of synthetic chemicals for human illness.
>
> Read the executive summary of the American Council on Science and Health's
>Special Report:
>
> http://www.drkoop.com/healthnews/special-reports/acsh/july/endocrine.html
>
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