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In this weeks installment of Skepticality, Derek talks to Ian Harris, a science based comedian who is part of a troupe of comedians who all center their work on topics that science loving folks will really enjoy, the tour is called "The Evolution of Comedy Tour". Ian and Derek discuss how comedy seems to be a great fit for skeptical and scientific issues. Then Derek checks in with Bob Carroll to discuss his new e-book, "Unnatural Acts" which he produced as part his ongoing efforts over at
Show Notes

– Date – April 24, 2012
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Skepticism, Past and Future

– The Loch Ness cryptid was first called a “monster” in a newspaper article on May 2, 1933.
– The famous “Surgeon’s photograph” hoax was published in a newspaper on April 21, 1934.
– TIME magazine’s Scientology investigation ran May 6, 1991.
– Simon Singh’s article “Beware the Spinal Trap” was published April 19, 2008.
Truthiness in Digital Media was conference held at Harvard on March 6th and 7th.
The Knight News Challenge has $5 million to award to innovative news-related projects.
– The first round has closed, and several projects of interest to skeptics such as and RBUTR have survived the first round.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at the Skeptools blog.

The Odds Must Be Crazy

– Check out The Odds Must Be Crazy 
– This week’s featured story is Slow and Steady Stays at Home 
– Story was submitted by Independent Investigations Group Los Angeles Steering Committee Member, Spencer Marks
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher
– Special thanks to our audio engineer and producer, Brian Hart, also a member of the IIG LA Steering Committee
– Please visit The Independent Investigations Group Los Angeles
– The Odds Must Be Crazy can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ 
– Wendy Hughes is on Twitter
– Jarrett Kaufman is on Twitter
– Barbara Drescher is on Twitter
– Brian Hart is on Twitter

Unnatural Virtue Notes

– Availability Bias
– We tend to use shortcuts
– The speed of our decisions in uncertain situations can lead to errors in judgement
– Most people tend to believe crime is on the rise, when it has only been going down or staying steady
The Media tends to increase these types of errors
– Randi’s article ‘Mass Media Bunk‘ was dug up by an assistant, mistakenly
– There is a reason why surveys should use rankings rather than open ended questions
– Bob Carroll is the Author of The Skeptics Dictionary and Unnatural Acts

Ian Harris Interview Notes

Ian Harris of The Evolution of Comedy tour
– There are many skeptical/rational comedians
– Ian has a Kickstarter for his DVD special
– Lately more popular comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tim Minchin have been breaking out as ‘rational’ comedians 

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