Skepchick, Issue 6!
Now on the newstands (the electronic newstands, i.e., the interwebs) is the latest issue of Skepchick. (Please note that there are a few formatting and linking troubles that should be cleared up tonight.)
Feminist Archaeology is an interesting look at a discipline I didn’t even know existed. In fact, when I first saw the article headlineÃ‚Â I assumed it was a joke, considering Matthew Armstrong’s previous contributions to Skepchick. The actual content was rather enlightening, describing the way in which our search through human historyÃ‚Â can be influenced by what we hope to find. Matthew gives a balanced overview of the positive and negative aspects of feminist archaeology.
Donna Druchunas has a great interview with Jennifer Ouellette for the SkepLit Book Club. For those who haven’t gotten involved yet, you can check out the forum to read a new book every month and discuss it with other skeptics.
Donna also wrote a piece giving good old human emotion its due. Her True Skeptic Membership Badge will be revoked next month.
We also have two articles from skeptical mothers. Bridgitte Knudson is a mother and a teacher with a very detailed look at the importance of parental involvement in American public schools. What are your kids learning? Are schools teaching them what to think, or how to think? How can parents take more control over their children’s education?
Barbara Mervine is another mother faced with the problem of raising two skepchicks who are constantly surrounded by myths. Barbara is a rare breed of skeptic — one who is a theist, yet raises her children to question everything, including their own religious beliefs (or lack thereof). Having been friends with Barbara and her amazing family for a few years now, I can attest that she has done a wonderful job.
Frequent Skepchick contributor Lynette Davidson is back with a timely piece touching upon Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code, the Holy Grail, Templars, and Nazis. Lynette has a great writing style that makes learning about history endlessly entertaining. I’d like to see a remake of Indiana Jones with her in the starring role.
Another returning contributor is Ed Rabin with his column The Antidote. Ed is a skeptical chiropractor, which some people may liken to being a flaming gay black atheist Republican, but Ed makes it work. He’s funny, balanced, and a great critical thinker, and this month he offers some helpful advice on, er, expanding your consciousness and reading minds.
Happy reading, skeptics!