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We all survived one more end of the world scare! Now that we have to keep on living, Derek decided to sit down with Sharon Hill of 'Doubtful News' to chat a little about what some of the big skeptical news stories of 2012 were, and get her thoughts about might be looming over the horizon for 2013.
Show Notes

– Date – Janurary 8, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future

– Obituaries up to July 2012 are included in the TAM 2012 In Memoriam reel which you can watch online.
Paul Kurtz died on October 20.
Sir Patrick Moore died on December 9.
Leon Jaroff died on October 20.
Sergey Kapitsa died on August 14.
James Gerrand died on October 12.
Sun Myung Moon died on September 3.
Martin Fleischmann died on August 3.
– There is a guide to skeptic conferences on Lanyrd that Tim created, it contains over 500 videos from over 50 past events, as well as a full 2013 schedule.
Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell's profile on Lanyrd is a good example of how the site pulls together video, books and more all in one place.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim's blog.

Unnatural Virtue

Telepathy has been studied by scientists since 1882.
Rod MacRae's A History of Sustainable Agriculture says the term 'organic' was first widely used in the USA by J. I. Rodale in the 1950's.
– Advocates of modern organic farming go back as far as Sir Albert Howard (1873-1947) and Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
– The most dangerous bacteria in America's food supply is E. coli, which is found in abundance in cattle manure, a favorite "natural" fertilizer of organic farming.)
– The evidence for the superiority of organic food is mostly anecdotal and based more on irrational assumptions and wishful thinking than on hard scientific evidence.
– Organic food does not offer special protection against cancer or any other disease.
– Organic food is not "healthier" than food produced by conventional farming, using synthetic pesticides and herbicides.
    – Ames, Bruce N. Ph.D. and Lois S. Gold Ph.D. "Pollution, Pesticides, and Cancer: Misconceptions," 1997. Miller, Henry I. and Gregory Conko. (1994)
    – The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution. Praeger Publishers. Morris, Julian and Roger Bate. Editors. (1999).
    – Fearing Food: Risk, Health and Environment. Butterworth-Heinemann.
    – Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media. Stossel, John. (2005). Harper Paperbacks.
    – The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism. Taverne, Dick. (2006).Oxford University Press.
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.


Susan Gerbic
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

The News in Religion

– The Church of England has lifted a ban on gay male clergy who live with their partners from becoming bishops on condition they pledge to stay celibate.
– Saudi Arabia's top cleric on Friday warned against the mixing of the genders, saying it poses a threat to female chastity and society.
– A Catholic priest in Illinois has reportedly taken a leave of absence after he called 911 to seek help with a pair of handcuffs.
– Heather's other podcasts:
Ardent Atheist on Twitter: @Ardentatheists and Skeptically Yours on Twitter: @SkepticallyYour.
– Follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherHenderso.

Stanislaw Burzynski

– Burzynski promotes some anti-science non-evidence based medical treatments for cancer.
– Bob Blaskiewicz has been active in letting more people know just how dangerous and terrible the cancer treatments are.
You can help out Bob, and others who might have loved ones or friends who might get drawn into his 'treatment' center.

Skpepticism and the Humanities

– Yes, Virginia, There Is a Dragon in Beowulf
– Barber, Elizabeth Wayland and Paul T. When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth. Princeton UP, 2004.
– Barber, Elizabeth Wayland. When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth. Skeptics Society Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, California Institute of Technology, Mar. 6, 2005. DVD.
– Barber, Paul. Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality. New Haven: Yale UP, 1988.
Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight and Finnsburg. 4th ed. ed. R. D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles. U of Toronto P, 2008.
– Siebert, Eve. "Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf." Skeptical Inquirer Jan./Feb. 2013.

The Odds Must Be Crazy

The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week's featured story is, "Three, Two, One…".
– Story was submitted by reader Nick Ward
Visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
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Another Doubtful Year – Interview Sharon Hill

Sharon Hill creator of 'Doubtful News'.
– Find Doubtful News from 2012.
– Derek's first client is/was an Aviation Archaeologist.
Scientology battles for zoning rights in Derek's local area.
– Derek works for the water industry.
– Sharon on Twitter under @IDoubtIt.

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