Skepchick Quickies 11.30


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Regardless of the religious connotations of that coin, the former numismatist in me definitely wants to buy one. It is a nice work. That said I also value the role the bible played in early literacy rates.

  2. @Bjornar: There have been a few commemorative coins that may interest the scientifically minded of us:

    100th anniversary of first transatlantic radio transmission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:British_two_pound_coin_2001_Marconi.JPG
    50th anniversary of discovery of DNA structure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:British_two_pound_coin_2003_DNA50.JPG
    200th anniversary of first railway locomotive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:British_two_pound_coin_2004_Steam_Locomotive.JPG

    And my favourite, one for the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:British_two_pound_coin_2009_Charles_Darwin.png

  3. I so get a kick out of Steve’s expo story. The PA announcements are totally surreal and hilarious.

    I do hope ‘Skeptics In Black’ permanently makes it into the skeptical vernacular for whenever these sorts of encounters happen in the future. It’s adorable.

  4. Didn’t we recently hear the exact same thing about acupuncture or homeopathy or both? Where the the talking bit of each was followed randomly by either “real” acupuncture or sham acupuncture (either inserting the needles in random places or not inserting them at all, just poking with a blunt probe), or was it “real” homeopathic pills or fake sugar pills, and the studies found no difference?

    Oh yeah, SGU discussed this on their November 15th podcast.

  5. The Skeptics In Black is an enjoyable read and a good story. However I expect for the conference organizers their issue with the skeptics was the potential disruption of their income, and not their feeling challenged about the veracity of the treatments they support. People get quite angry when you pose a threat to their money and way of life, as well as their belief system.

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