– Date – July 2nd, 2013
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– Derek will be at 'The Amazing Meeting' and participating in a Workshop, if you are there, come say "Hi!"
Skepticism, Past and Future [1:15]
– The Rhine/Doyle story was told in Skepticality #156 and in this blog post.
– The Fortsas hoax was covered in Skepticality #136 and in this page at Museum of Hoaxes.
– The recent Psychic Sally ruling over an alleged earpiece was covered by Jamy Ian Swiss at the JREF blog.
– It has interesting parallels with Randi's debunking of Peter Popoff in 1986.
– Full details on the skeptic history workshop and the crowdsourcing workshop are posted at Lanyrd.
– Workshop leader Shane Greenup explains Why You Need To Attend the Crowdsourcing Skepticism Workshop at the JREF's blog.
– Workshop leader Daniel Loxton offers his own reasons to attend the workshop on preserving skeptic history at Skepticblog.
– Tim's segment in Skepticality #186 contains many tips for online activities surrounding TAM, that still apply this year.
– Tim also posted a variety of #TAM2013 Tips online, they are collected together at this page on Storify.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [21:05]
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Interview: Dr. Robert Burton [28:13]
– Dr. Robert Burton, Neuroscientist and author of 'On Being Certain' and 'The Skeptics Guide to the Mind'.
– A lot of modern brain science is so 'new' it is hard to get our hands around all the neuroscience.
– It is important to realize the difference between science and speculation, even when it is based on a scientific foundation
– In 50 years we have gone from psychoanalysis to the more respected science of psychology
– A professor at Emory did a casual experiment with a class about memory recall using the first Challenger disaster
– A vast amount of thought happens completely unconsciously
– We can stimulate areas of the brain to 'create' experiences such as alien abductions, out of body sensations, etc…
– Free Will is just a leftover religious concept, and has no real scientific basis
– Carol Tavris has done a lot of work on the myth of 'repressed memories'
– Causation is our experience of the juxtaposition of two events which can lead to bad ideas like 'loose change'
– We know that your brain can reorganize memories and does it all the time
– Dr. Burton has an interesting view on the idea of speaking in tongues
– Taking complex scientific ideas and oversimplifying them can lead some very bad consequences
– Steven J. Gould used to use baseball to better explain evolution to highlight probability
– Things like the smell of freshly baked bread can cause reactions in people
– Do humans have a swarming behavior like some others in the animal kingdom
– The study of group behavior is very difficult
– Find out where to see Dr. Burton on his website at rburton.com
– His new website is nautil.us is a science, philosophy and literature online magazine
Outro Music [1:32:25]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.