– Date – Janurary 29, 2013
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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.
– 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 Lulu.com. For more info, click here. The eBook is still available.
Aarons World Kids Science Podcast
– See Aarons World, the Parsec Award Winning Podcast website!
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.
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– 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.