– Date – November 5th, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:30]
– Doubtful News has had several recent spontaneous human combustion stories.
– Joe Nickell masterfully debunks most of the famous SHC cases in this Skeptical Inquirer article from 1996.
– PunditTracker has now been joined by PunditFact, launched this week by the same organization that created Politifact.
– Web of Trust passed 100 Million downloads this week.
– Secular Directory just launched in October by United Coalition of Reason.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
– Follow Tim on Twitter at @krelnik.
Unnatural Virtue [12:10]
– Recency Bias
– Predicting the future long term is no more accurate than flipping a coin. (W.A. Sherden, The Fortune Sellers)
– Successful prognosticators like Nate Silver are predicted by the laws of chance to occur, but they will eventually fail. (N. Silver, The Signal and the Noise)
– Good at retrospective application of their “formulae,” but use tricks and not mentioning wrong predictions. (Burton Malkiel, A Random Walk Down Wall Street, 2007, W.W. Norton.)
– This week’s episode was excerpted from my new book The Critical Thinker’s Dictionary: Biases, Illusions, and Fallacies and What to Do About Them, which should be out next month.
– Paperbacks of Unnatural Acts and Mysteries and Science are available from lulu.com.
– The Skeptics Dictionary and Skeptic's Dictionary for Kids.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [20:30]
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week's featured story "Kidney Compatibility".
– Story was submitted by friend of the blog David Read.
– 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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– Brian Keith Dalton is on Twitter: @MrDeity.
– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at Skeptically Yours.
Interview: Randy Olsen [27:00]
– New Book: Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking
– Get 'Connection Storytelling' app for iOS or Android!
– Contact Randy directly if you have ANY questions about the application at: email@example.com.
– his last book in 2010.
– He decided to become a filmmaker, movies such as 'Flock of Dodos'.
– He had some inspiration from South Park creators/writer Tray Parker and the movie '6 Days To Air'.
– The World Is Flat now which requires new ways of getting noticed.
– Gasland, the anti-fracking documentary is a poor example of journalism and storytelling.
– Andrew Revkin, the NYT columnist, contacted Randy to discuss the issues with Gasland based on the blog post.
– Some say it takes around 10,000 hours of doing something to actually become an expert at it.
– Alan Alda from M*A*S*H contributed a great quote for the book.
Interview: Brian Palermo [48:40]
– Brian is an actor, and comedic actor in the Groundlings
– He was also an actor in the movie 'The Social Network' and others.
– Genetics could have been decades further along if Mendel had been a better communicator.
– Darwin is an example of what happens when science can communicate its ideas in a more relatable way.
– Many times folks get a very bad idea about science due to lack of understanding.
– See Brian's IMDB to see all the cool TV and Movie roles he has played.
Interview: Dorie Barton [1:02:27]
– Has been in a few well known movies, 'Meet the Fockers', and the little known 'God Bless America'.
– Bobcat Golthwait hired her based on an audition filmed in her parents basement.
– A Log Line, or 'Elevator Pitch' is the simplest description of a story.
– Based on the 'Heroes Journey' as made popular by Campbell, and now is a Hollywood 'standard'.
– Well done storytelling in 'The Dark Knight' had many thinking there was blood or tons of violence, when there wasn't.
– Check out more about Dori at www.doribarton.com or IMDB.
Outro Music [1:37:00]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.