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Jason Silva
 Interview: Jason Silva
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This week Derek has a conversation with Jason Silva. Jason is known for his work as the host of the Emmy Nominated National Geographic channel Television show, "Brain Games". Jason is a self-proclaimed "wonder junkie" who has been pushing the ideas of inspiration, science, technology, and imagination not only through television but also via new media, TED Talks and anywhere else he can. Find out more about what made Jason set out to inspire others with such passionate intensity."
Show Notes

– Date – July 22nd, 2014
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Skepticism Skepticism, Past and Future [1:35]
The Loch Ness Monster has a long history dating back over 80 years with many hoaxed photos.
– The right to be forgotten in Google originates with a court case in Spain decided in May.
– Google says they have taken 70,000 of these requests since the ruling and are exploring ways to deal with them.
– A site called Hidden from Google is collecting instances where articles have been so hidden.
Google Webmaster Tools is a free service for webmasters which can notify you if your website is affected.
Microsoft also has Webmaster Tools, you might as well sign up for it as well.
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Wikipedia [10:00]
Susan Gerbic
The Skeptic’s Toolbox – August 7-10, 2014 – Eugene, OR.
Skeptic’s Toolbox – Wikipedia.
Penny4NASA – Wikipedia.
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

Skeptical Humanities [16:05]
Sea Serpents and the Hippocampus in Abominable Science.
– Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero, Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids (New York: Columbia UP, 2013).
Klaeber’s Beowulf, 4th ed. Ed. R.D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles (U of Toronto P, 2008).
Skeptical Humanities.

The Odds Must Be Crazy [21:55]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week’s featured story is, “The Anniversary Coincidence“.
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Visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
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– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery, Heather Henderson and Blythe Renay for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at

Interview: Jason Silva [27:35]
Jason Silva.
– Follow Jason on Twitter.
– Intro audio from Shots of Awe (Video: Biology and Self Organization).
Radical Openness.
– Current host of ‘Brain Games’ on National Geographic.
– Even the marketing images have little brain games embedded into them.
We are the Gods Now from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
The Denial of Death.
– He has interesting takes on the Singularity.
– Jason got to ring the closing bell for the NASDAQ.

Outro Music [45:50]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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