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This week Derek sits down with Jen Hancock to discuss her newest book, "Jen Hancock's Handy Humanism Handbook". In this work, Jen attempts to give people a quick, easy, book which describes the philosophy of Humanism and how it relates to culture and personal happiness.
Show Notes

– Date – October 11th 2011
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Skeptic History Notes

– The Archeoraptor scandal began with a press conference on October 15, 1999.
– The Cardiff Giant was uncovered on October 16, 1869.  An artist in Syracuse, NY has created a replica that will be unearthed this weekend on the 142nd birthday of the hoax.
– Harold Camping predicted the world will end a week from Friday on October 21, 2011.  Camping shared the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize for Mathematics this year for his predictions. 
– A previous noted religious prediction of armageddon became known as the Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844.  Failed predictions like this directly led to the theory of cognitive dissonance.
– Robert Gimlin was born October 18, 1931.
– The Patterson-Gimlin film of an alleged sasquatch was shot on October 20, 1967.  For more on it, see our sister podcast MonsterTalk.
– You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter or Facebook or download the new (and free) JREF iPhone app.


– Jen Hancock is a well known Humanist from Florida.
– "Jen Hancock's Handy Humanism Handbook".
– You can get her information and more for free by joining her mailing list.
Many famous people are or were Humanists.
– The entire would was in the Dark Ages together.
Human ethics are Human ethics.
– You can read the Global Ethics Survey.
– As Jen says in her book, we are NOT Satanists.
– Come to the big Humanist weekend at Disneyworld (October 15th, 2011)!
Using Humanism to help others pays off in the end for all rational people.
– See the information which Jen is involved with at her personal website.


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