Amanda Chesworth, former president of Internet Infidels, works for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (http://www.csicop.org), publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine (http://www.csicop.org/si). Amanda also directs the Darwin Day Program (http://www.darwinday.org) and will be launching a new publication -- Pulp Skeptic -- (http://www.pulpskeptic.com) sometime in 2003. She lives in the enchanting land of New Mexico where she hunts for rocks and fossils and occasionally takes graduate classes in education and other fields of interest. Her BSc is in Interdisciplinary Sciences with an emphasis in the life and earth sciences. Amanda continues to be in great awe of the Internet and claims to be able to talk programming and design with the best of them. She owes much of her newly-found geekdom to Jim Still and the fine folk at the Secular Web. Amanda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent movie release by Warner Brothers of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1) has led to a resurrection of harsh criticism from the Christian right. Perhaps due to the overlapping movie release of the first book in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, comparisons are being drawn between the two works of fiction and their respective authors.
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