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It is Christmas time! Derek and Swoopy chat a small amount about Christmas for a few seconds, then Derek interviews, Mark Forsyth, 'The Inky Fool', about his latest book 'Etymologicon'. Find out about the secret origins of words and phrases, such as 'shag', or the seemingly innocent 'feisty'. Mark brings the social science behind how words and languages evolve, and wants others to come and discover why we use the words we use.
Show Notes

– Date – December 25, 2012
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– Theme song by Steve Seamans of the Daisy Dillman Band. Get the song HERE.
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Unnatural Virtue

The Polygraph and its strange ways.
– Self-help programs are sometimes described as large group awareness training programs.
– Self-help business gurus are driven by confirmation bias, selection bias, and the halo effect.
– They usually ignore the elusiveness of luck and the inevitability of regression, explained by Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow.
– The self-help business isn’t all that it’s made out to be, according to Steve Salerno in Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless.
– A paperback edition of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! is now available from For more info, click here. The eBook is still available.
– Please check out my book for kids 9 and up: Mysteries and Science: Exploring Aliens, Ghosts, Monsters, the End of the World and other Weird Things available in paperback and as an e-book.

The News in Religion

– Priest abuse files may be released without church officials’ names.
– People with no religious affiliation make up the third-largest global group in a new study.
A billboard touting unbelief posted in time for the Christmas season has been vandalized.
– Heather’s other podcasts:
Ardent Atheist on Twitter: @Ardentatheists and Skeptically Yours on Twitter: @SkepticallyYour.
– Follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherHenderso.

Skpepticism and the Humanities

The raising of the Iwo Jima flag as photographed by Louis Lowery.
– Pvt. Bob Campbell’s photo of the raising of the second flag and the lowering of the first flag.
Color footage of the flag raising as filmed by Sgt. Bill Genaust.
– Rosenthal’s posed photo.
Rosenthal taking the posed photo.

The Odds Must Be Crazy

The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week’s featured story is, "The Kindle Coincidence"
– Story was submitted by reader Carl Nichols.
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
– Our theme music comes to us courtesy of Brian Keith Dalton, AKA Mr. Deity.
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– Brian Hart is on Twitter.
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Interview – Mark Forsyth

– Interview Guest This Episode: Mark Forsyth.
– Creator and writer for the blog, ‘The Inky Fool‘.
– His newest book is ‘The Etymologicon’.
The meaning behind president Obama’s name.
– Why *do* we call a toilet a ‘Commode‘?
– Thomas Jefferson was the real man behind a good shag!
– Find Marks books at all good book stores and even some evil ones!

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