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This week on Skepticality, Derek interviews geomorphologist and Professor of Earth and Space Sciences (University of Washington) David R. Montgomery about how his work led him to write his latest book The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood. The book is thoughtful and readable, and takes a respectful approach to young Earth creationists and the world of evidence-based geological science. According to the books publisher, with an explorers eye and a refreshing approach to both faith and science, Montgomery takes readers on a journey across landscapes and cultures. In the process we discover the illusive nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion, and how it changed through history and continues changing, even today.
Show Notes

– Date – March 12, 2013
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Skpepticism Past and Future

Kansas was the first state to license chiropractors, passing a law on March 18, 1913. (Louisiana was the last, in 1974).
Naturopaths (and others) are trying to make a similar grab for legitimacy today.
– The "testing" of Uri Geller by SRI was documented in a March 12, 1973 article in TIME Magazine.
– James Randi and his team proved Peter Popoff was cheating during a March 16, 1986 show in Anaheim.
– Tim first wrote of gamification and skepticism on his blog in a post about Skeptics Stack Exchange two years ago.
– Tim has also written about other gamification ideas relating to skepticism.
RBUTR also has some game-like features that continue to evolve.
– The Climate Reality Project launched a game-like site called Reality Drop at the end of February.
– Much of the material on the site was sourced from John Cook's Skeptical Science website (via Creative Commons licensing).
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim's blog.

The News in Religion

– The Catholic Church will begin the closed-door papal conclave meetings to elect the new pope on Tuesday, March 12.
A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype.
– Iranian President Mah-mood Ah-ma den-e-jad claims that Hugo Chavez will "return on resurrection day".
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The Rocks Don't Lie – Interview: David Montgomery

David Montgomery: diplomat, geologist, geomorphologist, and author.
– Derek first learned of David's new book from Donald Prothero, another geologist and skeptic who wrote a review for Skeptic Magazine on their 'Skeptic Blogs' site.
– David helped setup the 'Geomorphological Research Group' at the University of Washington.
– David's latest book is "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood".
Religion and Science were not always at the odds they have been in recent times.
– These days in the United States the numbers of people who do not believe in evolution and the age of the Earth are far too high in number.
– Creationism is actually a modern idea, started around 1961 with the book "The Genesis Flood".
– Visitors at the Grand Canyon can find a anti-science book there which shouldn't be there, "The Grand Canyon: A Different View".
– Several scientific groups attempted to get the book out of the national park system visitor centers.
Are people 'anti science', or just stuck too deep in certain personal facets of personal dogmas or religious up-bringings.
– The area of Mesopatemia had a huge flood right around the time as depicted in the Bible.
– It was also discovered that the basin area surrounding the valley of the Black Sea.
Check out David's research group online.

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