– 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 Hypothes.is 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
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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