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Sample the Skeptic's Dictionary
Göbekli Tepe (meaning the hill with a belly or belly hill in Turkish) is an archaeological find six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey. Some locals claim Urfa is the birthplace of Biblical characters Abraham and Job.
Klaus Schmidt and his team have uncovered many massive carved stones at Göbekli Tepe, which he says are about 11,000 years old. Schmidt dates the site by comparing stone hammers and blades found there to artifacts found at nearby sites that have been carbon dated to 9,000 BCE. He's also done some "limited" carbon dating himself that he says confirms his estimate.>>more
sample Mysteries and Science (for kids 9 and up)
In a nutshell: The Mozart effect is a boost in intelligence that comes from listening to Mozart. The science doesn't support the boost, though listening to Mozart hasn't harmed anybody as far as we know.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was one of the world's greatest composers of classical music. He began writing music and performing on the keyboard and violin when he was five years old. He wrote over 600 musical pieces. For many people, one of the great joys in life is listening to Mozart's music in concert halls or on an iPod. But the wonderful feeling that comes from listening to Mozart isn't what is meant by the Mozart effect.
Some people claim that the brain grows faster and better in children under age 3 when they listen to Mozart. Sadly, the scientific evidence does not support the idea that listening to Mozart at any age increases brain development in any special way.>>more
a blast from the past
Deepak & the Emptiness of Spiritual Gibberish
17 Feb 2011. Deepak Chopra is a master of the vague, cognitively empty but emotively charged expression. Science and spirituality should be friends, says Deepak. Like Dick and Jane, I suppose. The only sensible thing he says in his entire article published in Michael Shermer's Skeptic magazine (vol. 16 No. 2, 2011) is "With no data to support the existence of god, there is also no reason for religion and science to close the gap between them." Of course, he asserts this truism only to deny it.>>more