Dear Reader, welcome to the 76th instalment of the Skeptics’ Circle, your bi-weekly portal to the best skeptical blog writing on this or any other world-wide web.
- Greta Christina discusses muddled debates where the issue whether certain religious beliefs are factually true gets mixed up with the issue whether religion is mainly a force for good or not.
- Terry comments on a new paper claiming that divorce hurts the environment — sharing a house does reduce per capita carbon emissions.
- Coffee House Poetry offers a rousing atheistic rant.
- Bing at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes replies to a recent opinion piece by Dinesh D’Souza, “De Dullest Tool in De Shed”.
- Seth at Whiskey Before Breakfast challenges the idea that the 20th century might have been the bloodiest in recorded history.
- Rebecca at Memoirs of a Skepchick offers skeptic-friendly holiday shopping tips and an investigation into supernatural nookie.
- Archaeoporn provides a peek into controversies of Near Eastern archaeology. “In short, James Tabor, who is a professional scholar, has been descending into a position comparable to Hancock or Von Däniken.” Also, there’s news about the alleged Jesus tomb.
- Christian at Med Journal Watch muses about the genesis and evolution of religion.
- Bob at Mass Media Funk discusses armed guards that are becoming increasingly common in churches.
- Podblack Cat tells us about the lucky charms her students bring to exams.
- Dr. Vitelli at Providentia tells the story of spiritualist medium Helene Smith around 1900.
- Alun at Clioaudio presents an an ethical homeopathic puzzle.
- Sandy at Junk Food Science
reports on a recent study of mortality among British mothers of small children. She goes on to criticise inaccurate reporting of a study of obesity and fertility.
- Skeptico evaluates his predictions for 2007 and finds an astonishingly high hit rate.
- The Digital Cuttlefish singeth of S. Hahnemann and A. Cupuncture.
- Orac at Respectful Insolence murders some silliness about bacterial resistance perpetrated at Uncommon Descent. Then he enlightens us
withabout the “Interstellar Light Collector”.
- Zoo at Knudsen’s news reports that “a new study by chiropractic researchers reveals that the number of American medical doctors that do not practice chiropractic standard of care when treating patients has not budged in the past 100 years”.
- Thursday at Polite Company tells us about an altie cure that works (or not) differently on different continents.
- Quixote at Shakesville discusses new research into the rate of recent human evolution.
Well, folks, that’s all for this time. Tune in to Whitecoat Underground on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 105th birthday, 3 January, for the next carnival. And don’t forget to submit good stuff!