- Date – May 7th, 2013
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Unnatural Virtue 1:43
- Believers in the paranormal, supernatural, or anti-science often have selective thinking and/or motivated reasoning.
- A basic understanding of subjective validation, confirmation bias, and the many facets of cold reading could help believers in psychic and astrological reading.
- Equally impenetrable are the supplement warriors, despite the lack of evidence that taking vitamin or mineral supplements should be part of a healthy lifestyle.
- A skeptic is often wasting his or her time arguing with a conspiracy theorist, an energy healer, or an anti-vaccinationist.
- Bob Carroll’s books include The Skeptic’s Dictionary, Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!, and for kids 9 and up; Mysteries and Science: Exploring Aliens, Ghosts, Monsters, the end of the world and other weird things.
- Paperbacks of Unnatural Acts and Mysteries and Science are available from lulu.com.
- The Skeptics Dictionary and Skeptic’s Dictionary for Kids.
Skeptical Humanities 8:33s
- Phrenology in American culture.
– Early writings by Franz Joeseph Gall then popuarized in the 1830′s by physician Charles Cardwell.
– The prohet Joseph Smith had a phrenologist publish findings based on his head.
– Mark Twain was universally damning of phrenology in his writings.
- Walt Whitman used the language of phrenology in some of his writings and praised them along side respected scientists.
– Find more informat at the website: Skeptical Humanities.
The Odds Must Be Crazy 19:51
- The Odds Must Be Crazy.
- This week’s featured story is, “Irish Roots“.
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Interview: Mitchell Moffit 26:09s
- Mitchell Moffet: Co-Creator of the YouTube channel: ‘ASAPScience!’ with Gregory Brown.
- Went to the University of Guelph with his co-creator.
- Saw an opportunity to use YouTube to spread scientific knowledge.
- Greg is a high school teacher in England now.
- ‘The Power of Naps‘ teach you about the importance of sleep.
- You can even learn about how to effectively deal with a hangover.
- Surprisingly, the most popular video is not the ‘Science of Orgasms‘.
- The most popular is actually about chickens…..
- Their older videos tend to end up getting more views, much like the Skepticality archive.
- The internet has spawned tons of great educational tools, Khan Academy, TED Talks, etc…
- Mitch and Greg had amazing science teachers in their High School which fed their love of science.
- The videos use the‘whiteboard’ video style to focus on the content of the message alone.
- Follow them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook as well.