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It is the creepy time of year once again. To celebrate the coming of All-Hallows-Eve, Derek has a chat with Greg Gage, a neuroscientist who is dedicated to bringing citizen science to the world of what goes on in the brain. As the founder of 'Backyard Brains', Greg has invented do-it-yourself equipment which you can use, at home, to conduct experiments which demonstrate how the nevous system works. Nothing could be more fitting around Halloween than learning how you can create your own 'zombie' cockroach!
Show Notes

– Date – October 22nd, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:15]
– Lawsuits have been a frequent topic, notably in Skepticality #190.
– November 5, 1970 Scientology sued Geoffrey Johnson Smith over his comments on the church. The church lost.
– The 2nd National Congress on Medical Quackery was held October 26 and 26, 1963.
– November 1, 1963 LIFE magazine ran a feature titled "Crackdown on Quackery" which resulted in the case Dietemann v. Time Inc.
– November 2, 1963 the American Medical Association Committee on Quackery was formed, sparking a battle w/chiropractors, ended with Wilk v. AMA.
– Fishbarrel was discussed in Skepticality #195, DMCA complaints in Skepticality #190.
– Tim blogged on the issue of online complaints recently at Skeptools, more details about the Scientology and Wikipedia stories there.
– The Daily Dot recently broke a story about a major ring of sockpuppet accounts on Wikipedia.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Wikipedia [9:18]
The new GSoW Forum!
Leah Remini who very recently left Scientology, and there has been a lot of fuss made.
– Tony Ortega announced that Remini was interviewed on The Ellen show.
Visit the Scientology talk page.
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
– You can find Susan Gerbic at her website.

The Thinking Things Through Conference [13:38]
The Thinking Things Through Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Get tickets to the conference can be obtained here

Skeptical Humanities [14:17]
– Report from Paradigm Symposium 2013.
– Last year the focus was on Ancient Aliens, this year was mainly about Egypt.
P.Z. Myers gave a good talk about how we know that aliens did not 'mess' with human DNA.
– Less positive was Scott Walter host of 'America Unearthed' about how almost every civilization made it to the Americas.
– Proof that Oreo cookies are part of a grand conspiracy.
– 'The Tucson Artifacts' supposedly show a Roman colony was North America over 1,000 years ago.
– Should anyone accept 'The Kennison Runestones' as real evidence?
– David Weatherly gave a talk about the 'Slenderman' is now real, due to human 'energy'.
– Someone sold 'ancient alien artifacts' for around $30,000 another was selling music channeled from different alien races.
– Along with Pagan Home schooling books.
– Find out more at

The Odds Must Be Crazy [33:45]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week's featured story "Ken Kesey Koincidence".
– Story was submitted by friend of the blog Spencer Marks.
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
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– Thanks to friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at Skeptically Yours.

Interview: Greg Gage [38:18]
Check out his TED Bio.
– His citizen-science nuero group is 'Backyard Brains'.
– The Cockroach 'Beatbox' video.
– He has YouTube videos showing how roach experiments are setup.
Other uses have already been thought of for these little roach zombies.
HarvardX even has a cool online class involving Greg's work.
– You can even get your OWN SpikerBox to play with nueroscience yourself!
– Greg and the folks at Backyard Brains are very aware of ethical issues.
– You can get all of the citizen lab equipment to play with yourself!

Outro Music [66:05]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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