– Date – April 15, 2014
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Skepticism Skepticism, Past and Future [2:05]
– Ockham awards have been given in 2012 and in 2013.
– CSI’s In Praise of Reason Award began in 1982 and was most recently given to Bill Nye.
– CSI also awards the Robert P. Balles Prize for Critical Thinking (since 2005).
– The National Capital Area Skeptics award the Philip J. Klass Award each year (since 2006).
– The Australian Skeptics have given several skeptic awards each year including Skeptic of the Year since 1996. They also were awarded a Bent Spoon (since 1982).
– The New Zealand Skeptics award several Bravo Awards each year since 1995. They’ve also awarded a Bent Spoon since 1992.
– The JREF often awards skeptical activists at The Amazing Meeting (since 2009), and also gives out the Pigasus Award to quacks and charlatans (since 1997).
– GWUP (the German skeptic organization) awards the Das golden Brett form Kopf (the Golden Board Against The Head) since 2011.
– Comcept (in Portugal) has awarded the Prémio Unicórnio Voador (Flying Unicorn Award) since 2012.
– The Ig Nobel Awards are given out in September or October of each year in a highly entertaining televised ceremony.
– Tim’s skeptools blog now has a section on bad behavior.
– Skeptics wanting to fix up their passwords should consult Tim’s blog post on security tools.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
The Odds Must Be Crazy [27:50]
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Interview: Andrew Endersby [34:30]
– Andrew Endersby author of, “America’s Imaginary Hostage Crisis“.
– Similar theme to the book “The Men Who Stare At Goats“.
– Andrew became fascinated with the psychic connection to the Iranian Hostage Crisis after he got his hands on the declassified records from the event.
– The Iranian Hostage Crisis started with a student demonstration.
– What most people didn’t know is that the US Government was using an experimental group of psychic remote viewers.
– The American Government was researching the use of psychic powers due to reports of successful uses in the Russian military.
– The code name for the remote viewing team was ‘Grill Flame‘.
– In the book he includes many of the actual documents from the remote viewing sessions which include drawings and tape transcripts.
– Reports about the US government being interested in paranormal research started to leak out around 1980.
– Strangely, the remote viewers were prompted to actually interact with people they were ‘viewing’ from thousands of miles away.
– The viewers were consistently wrong once the facts came out.
– Only seven reports had any form of correct information out of about two hundred.
– Even though the project had such a terrible success rate it continued to operate all the way until 1995.
– The book is on Kindle as well as in print version also quite affordable.