– Date – August 19th, 2014
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:25]
– Modern newspaper astrology columns began August 24, 1930 when the London Sunday Express
asked a famous astrologer to write a horoscope for Princess Margaret.
– Skeptrack at DragonCon has been running since 2007.
– SkepchickCon at Convergence started in 2009.
– NCAS has done skeptic programming at Balticon since 2011.
– Nine Worlds London Geekfest also has skeptical programming.
– Skeptics on the Fringe and ThinkCon are two examples of skeptic outreach events in non-scifi events.
– The Atlanta Star Party is on August 28, use the code KRELNIK2014 to buy your ticket for $5 off.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
Skeptical Humanities [17:20]
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Spirits.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies.
– Doyle, History of Spiritualism, vol. I.
– Doyle, History of Spiritualism, vol. II.
– Ruth Brandon, The Spiritualists: The Passion for the Occult in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New York: Knopf, 1983.
– Skeptical Humanities.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [24:20]
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Interview: Sikivu Hutchinson [29:20]
– Sikivu Hutchinson.
– Senior Inter group Specialist for the LA County Human Relations Committee.
– Taught at the California Institute for the Arts and Western Washington University.
– First Book was ‘Imagining Transit‘ about the great migration of Africans across the USA.
– Her book ‘Moral Combat‘ is about appraising the history of black humanists, skeptics and atheists in a caucasian dominated movement.
– Sikavu’s newest book, ‘Godless Americana‘, is a collection of essays about ‘cultural relevant Humanism’.
– She has taken Obama to task in some of her writings about how his administration has been handling minority, race, and economic issues in the country.
– One of the bigger issues which has still not been addressed is the massive racial disparity in the prison system, especially when it comes to drug related laws and sentencing.
– She, in the past, has published some fictional stories, and is currently working on a historical fiction story about the Jonestown massacre from a black feminist perspective.
– Also the editor of the website/blog blackfemlens.org, which is a collection of writings from a black feminist perspective.
– Sikavu is also a fellow for the ‘Institute of Humanist Studies‘.
– Make sure to check out the big event that her group and the Center for Inquiry are putting on in Los Angles, October 11-12, 2014.