– Date – December 23rd, 2014
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:25]
– The full list of 2014 obituaries is available at the Insight blog. Here are the ones discussed in this podcast:
– Victor J. Stenger (Jan 29, 1935—Aug 27, 2014) Physicist and atheist author, the “Fifth Horseman”. Author of "God: The Failed Hypothesis” and other books.
– Edwin Kagin (Nov 26, 1940—Mar 27, 2014) American Atheists national legal director, co-founder of Camp Quest.
– Jean Dommanget (1924—Oct 1, 2014) Astronomer, long-time head of Comité Para in Belgium.
– Jack Friedman (Oct 26, 1925—Jul 31, 2014) Past president of NCSE Board of Directors, helped found the organization.
– Charles M. Fair (Sep 18, 1916—Jul 28, 2014) Early CSICOP fellow, author of "The New Nonsense”.
– Warwick Don (1933—Nov 11, 2014) Past chairman of the New Zealand Skeptics, author of "Ants of New Zealand”.
– Fred Phelps (Nov 13, 1929—Mar 19, 2014) Founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
– Masaru Emoto (Jul 22, 1943—Oct 17, 2014) "Water doctor" featured in "What the Bleep Do We Know?”.
– Joan Quigley (Apr 10, 1927—Oct 21, 2014) Astrologer to Nancy Reagan.
– Claus Fritzsche (1964—Jan 14, 2014) Promoted alternative medicine on German CAM company payroll.
– Eric Broze (Nov 9, 1970—Feb 22, 2014) United Church of Bacon, Coming Out Godless project.
– Diane "Kit" Moser (Feb 13, 1944—Apr 14, 2014) Science author & educator; co-founder of Sacramento Org. for Rational Thinking (SORT).
– Rob Nanninga (Aug 6, 1955—May 30, 2014) Editor of Skepter, webmaster for Stichting Skepsis (Netherlands), author of "Parariteiten. Een kritische blik op het paranormale." (1988).
– Frederick Green (Mar 29, 1963—Oct 22, 2014) US Air Force, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, Guerrilla Skeptics, Camp Quest Chesapeake, Independent Investigations Group.
– Mick Sievers (Aug 3, 1970—Oct 23, 2014) Australian skeptic.
– Steve Walker (Jul 23, 1945—Dec 11, 2014) Sydney magician who supported the Australian Skeptics and often performed at their events.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
Skeptical Humanities [28:25]
– Ark Encounter Discussion.
– Mike Wynn, Courier-Journal: Ark Encounter won't get Ky tax incentives.
– Ruth, Ravve, Fox News: Religious group threatens to sue over tax credit denial for Noah's Ark-Themed park.
– Check out Skepticality Humanities blog!
The Odds Must Be Crazy [35:30]
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