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Dr. Michael Shermer
 Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer
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In this, the 200th episode, Derek sits down with Swoopy for a long while to ramble about the past (and future) of the podcast (and a bit about what Swoopy’s been up to while absent from the show). Derek then talks with Dr. Michael Shermer about the recent news surrounding Lance Armstrong and the reality of doping in athletics. They also discuss Michael’s recent articles about the Sandy Hook mass shooting, and the new conspiracy thinking which has cropped up in the few days since that tragic event.
Show Notes

– Date – Janurary 29, 2013
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– Theme song by Steve Seamans of the Daisy Dillman Band. Get the song HERE.
– Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing books, Skepticality stuff, or using our Amazon link to help us!

Skepticism, Past and Future

Ouija boards have a long and checkered past.
Elijah Bond (born Jan 23, 1847) filed for the first U.S. design patent.
William Fuld (born July 24, 1870) started as an employee in the factory then created his own company to make them. He named them "Ouija".
– Among the useful skeptical tools that are available only in Google's Chrome web browser.
RBUTR for finding and linking article rebuttals.
Fishbarrel for reporting quacks to the authorities.
Unsourced for finding the sources behind news articles.
Lazy Truth for debunking email hoaxes that come in through Gmail.
Feedback Loop for rating web sites for usefulness. (Similar to Web of Trust, but for Google).
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim's blog.

European Skeptics Congress

– See thier website for details.

Unnatural Virtue

Brain Gym (BG) is touted as a set of exercises that makes learning new things easier and faster.
– What makes BG unique, say its creators, it that its exercises are physical rather than mental.
Physical exercise can benefit mental functioning, but the exercises BG has students do aren't related to any scientifically established methods.
– The BG activities include "crawling, drawing, tracing symbols in the air, yawning, and drinking water"
– One of the strongest critics of BG is Ben Goldacre of Bad Science, who calls it "ludicrously pseudoscientific."*
The Skeptics Dictionary and Skeptic's Dictionary for Kids.
– A paperback edition of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! is now available from For more info, click here. The eBook is still available.

Aarons World Kids Science Podcast

– See Aarons World, the Parsec Award Winning Podcast website!


Susan Gerbic
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

Mr. Pickles The Skeptic Dog

– Dogs understand chemtrails better than people.

The News in Religion

– Obama uses the phrase, "So help me God" at his second inauguration.
– A science teacher is suing her district after being told to remove religious displays from her classroom.
– A connecticut priest was busted for selling meth and laundering money through his sex shop.
– Heather's other podcasts:
Ardent Atheist on Twitter: @Ardentatheists and Skeptically Yours on Twitter: @SkepticallyYour.
– Follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherHenderso.

Skpepticism and the Humanities


The Odds Must Be Crazy

The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week's featured story is, "Similar Soldiers".
– Story was submitted by reader Robert Wilson
Visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
– Our producer and audio engineer is Brian Hart.
– Our theme music comes to us courtesy of Brian Keith Dalton, AKA Mr. Deity.
– Please visit The Independent Investigations Group Los Angeles.
– The Odds Must Be Crazy can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
– Wendy Hughes is on Twitter.
– Jarrett Kaufman is on Twitter.
– Barbara Drescher is on Twitter.
– Brian Hart is on Twitter.
– Brian Keith Dalton is on Twitter.

Doping and Guns – Interview Dr. Michael Shermer

Dr. Michael Shermer the founder and editor of Skeptic Magazine.
– First time Dr. Shermer was on Skepticality was on July 13th, 2005, episode #12.
– Derek used to work at a radio station, KEDG in Las Vegas, owned by George Tobin, famous music producer.
– Shermer and his daughter have a fossil named after him via Donald Prothero.
– Derek and Swoopy have astroids named after them as well.
– Dr. Shermer wrote an article about the Lance Armstrong doping news.
– Lance Armstrong was blood doping, not using steroids or drugs.
– The bigger issue for Armstrong could be the many legal issues.
– Dr. Shermer also has made several posts and written articles about the Sandy Hook mass shooting as of late.

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