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Loren Collins
 Interview: Loren Collins
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This week Derek has a discussion with Loren Collins, the author of the book 'Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation'. The book is a guide for people to distinguish real conspiracies from conspiracy theories, and real science from pseudoscience. Loren set out to provide a way to use the tools of critical thinking to spot real evidence from information which has been manipulated to create false impressions of the truth.
Show Notes

– Date – March 26th, 2013
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Bullspotting – Interview Loren Collins

– Personal Injury Attorney, he is not like Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad
– Have been published in the AJC in the past (misinformation and critical thinking)
– Attempted to get an article about Rep. Paul Brown in GA due to his anti-science promotion and thinking.
– Website 'Birth of a Notion' spinoff of his blog BARACKRYPHAL.
– Loren ran for office in 2007 and 2008 in a write in campaign for his house district in the same district which was once the district which Cynthia McKinney was elected to.
– He ran under the 'Bull Moose' party.
His new book 'Bullspotting'.
– He noticed that a lot of the anti-Obama support stems from bad thinking.
– When researching the history of creationism, topic ended up being fascinating
Pseudolaw doesn't have much attention, however it has sweeping implications
– The most widespread bit of pseudolaw deals with people believing taxes are illegal.
– 'Flag Fringe' is a big deal in some court rooms as a point of bad thinking.
– Many people start to believe that law is somehow 'magical' which leads to bad thinking, much like the ideas of folks like Alex Jones.
– The 'Lost Thirteenth Amendment' makes claims that the real version was about political office holders not having titles of nobility.
– Loren is a big fan of Comic Books and even has a big portion of his personal website which has links to where you can get free comic books.

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