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This episode Derek sits down with previous Skepticality guest Ian Harris, a working comedian who focuses on critical thought and skeptical topics for his humorous material. Ian recently released a new video special, and comes on Skepticality to talk a bit more about the climate of humor when performing stand up comedy in front of wildly varied crowds across the United States.
Show Notes

– Date – September 30th, 2014
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:15]
The Aztec UFO crash hoax went national via a column in Weekly Variety on October 12, 1949.
– Samuel Hopkins Adams investigation The Great American Fraud starting October 5, 1905 in Colliers spurred action on patent medicines.
FactCheck and PolitiFact are just two of many fact-checking websites and organizations worldwide.
PunditTracker and PunditFact check statements by those who give their opinion in the media.
Trooclick is a new automated tool that automatically detects glitches in financial news stories. is a new research project that also uses algorithms to track rumors that are spreading via social media and the press.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Wikipedia [7:15]
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
– You can find Susan Gerbic at her website.

Skeptical Humanities [13:58]
– All quotations from Laxdaela Saga are from the translation by Keneva Kunz..<br />
Wikipedia, Laxdaela Saga.
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The Odds Must Be Crazy [22:27]
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– Brian Keith Dalton is on Twitter @MrDeity.
– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at

Discussion: Ian Harris [28:55]
Comedian Ian Harris.
– You can find Ian on Twitter at @comediocre.
His Facebook page.
– Check out the 'Critical and Thinking' trailer/promo on YouTube.
– Grab his newest video special over at iTunes now!

Outro Music [1:02:40]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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