One of the subjects on the lips of skeptics in 2007 was The Secret.
The Secret is repackaging of the principles of New Thought and Unity Christianity.
The Secret has roots in 19th century faith healing, mesmerism and healing by suggestion.
The author of the secret has stated she was inspired by The Science of Getting Rich.
The Science of Getting Rich is a book written by Wallace D. Wattles published in 1910.
Wallace D. Wattles was a member of the school of New Thought.
Today's guest, is author Stephen L. Gibson.
Among his heroes, Stephen cites James Randi.
Stephen's first book was a non-fiction work called Truth Driven Thinking.
He's also the producer of the Truth Driven Thinking podcast.
On his website, Stephen has A Pledge for Truth.
Stephen's latest book is a fiction work, "A Secret of the Universe."
Unusual for a work of fiction, the book contains extensive end notes and citations.
There is also a discussion guide for the book.
The book jacket, includes endorsements by Dr. Michael Shermer and Rev. Billie Dalton.
The book itself is cataloged as Religious Fiction.
Stephen hopes the book will sit on the shelf alongside the popular Left Behind series.
The timeline of the book extends into the near future.
One of the graphics for the book eludes to a future tragedy, After 9/11/01 comes 10/11/09
We're not aware of any conspiracy theories for 10/11/09 – yet.
If The Secret of the Universe were a film, it would likely be rated R, for mature subjects.
Thus far, the book is being well received by people of many different beliefs.
Stephen is a trained corporate pilot, and has been a school board member in his town for nearly a decade.
Intelligent Design has not yet been an issue in his local school district.
You can find out where Stephen is on his book tour at his website.
You can subscribe to the Truth Driven Thinking Podcast through iTunes.
A Secret of the Universe is also a podcast novel that can be sampled for free.
To listen to the complete podcast novel, Stephen asks for a donation to cover costs.
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This week Derek caught up with Jeff Wagg, general manager for the JREF.
Jeff had just finished helping to administer a preliminary test for the million dollar challenge.
The most recent applicant to take the preliminary test was Rosemary Hunter.
Rosemary claimed that she could make a test subject urinate on command.
The subject, in this case Jeff Wagg, would empty his bladder first.
Rosemary claims that she would then compel God to fill the empty bladder, and cause the test subject to urinate.
Jeff took one for science.
The video parts of the challenge are available on YouTube here.
It's rumored that James Randi might administer the challenge at Dragon*Con 2008.
It's so crazy, it might just happen.
The Amazing Meeting 5.5 will take place in Ft. Lauderdale FL, Sunday January 25-27 2008.