Date – November 2, 2010 read by Derek
Taylor Proctor helps organize Atlanta Skepticamp.
Taylor is a HUGE fan of Dr. Greg Graffin.
Professor Graffin is the lead singer for Bad Religion.
Bad Religion is a legendary punk band that formed in 1979.
Their latest album is The Dissent of Man.
Dr. Graffin earned his master's degree in geology from UCLA,
and his Ph.D. at Cornell University.
His dissertation was entitled Monism, Atheism and the Naturalist Worldview:
Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Graffin considers himself to be a naturalist.
He received the Harvard Secular Society's Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
Award in Cultural Humanism in 2008.
Skeptic History Notes–
An extensive hoax of Japanese paleolithic artifacts by an amateur
archaeologist named Shinichi Fujimura was uncovered by a news article on November 5, 2000.
The Supreme Court of the US ruled on Epperson v. Arkansas on November 12, 1968.
Travis Walton famously claimed to have been abducted by a UFO.
His case was investigated by (among others) UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass.
Astrophysicist Carl Sagan is one of the best loved skeptics, he was born November 9, 1934.
His book The Demon-Haunted World is considered a seminal skeptical textbook.
Several annual celebrations of his life are taking place this year, including Carl Sagan Day
in Florida on Saturday, November 6th, and other events sponsored by CFI.
You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter, Facebook or FriendFeed.
Intro Music – Bad Religion – American Jesus – Recipe For Hate
Scientists who have inspired Professor Graffin include:
Alfred Sherwood Romer
Everett C. Olson
The album Cold As The Clay is comprised of American folk music.
The Bad Religion box set has just been released, all on vinyl.
You can keep up with Bad Religion at their website.
Anarchy Evolution is available everywhere.