– Date – December 17th, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:10]
– The #TAM2013 In Memoriam presentation covered July 2012 through July 2013.
– Others include (in the order mentioned in the segment):
– Max Toth (1937-2011) promoted “pyramid power” in the 1970s
– C.E.M. Hansel (1917-2011) British psychologist & CSI Fellow who critiqued parapsychology.
– Ingo Swann (1933-2013) Psychic & artist who helped invent the process of remote viewing.
– Marjorie Fish (1932-2013) Plotted Betty Hill’s UFO encounter star map in 3D.
– Robert A. Steiner (1934-2013) Magician and skeptic, created the “Steve Terbot” hoax.
– Roger Ebert (1942-2013) Famed film critic, often blogged on skeptical topics.
– Frederick Pohl (1919-2013) Science fiction writer and skeptic.
– Narendra Dabholkar (1945-2013) Indian rationalist, murdered for his beliefs.
– Sylvia Browne (1936-2013) TV psychic medium.
– Chow Yam-nam (1937-2013) Thai-Chinese mystic to celebrities in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
– Harold Camping (1921-2013) American Christian radio broadcaster who predicted armageddon in 2011.
– José Luis de Jesús (1946-2013) Evangelist from Puerto Rico who predicted armageddon in 2012.
– Duane Gish (1927-2013) Creationist debater and namesake of the “Gish Gallop”.
– Mark Perakh (1924-2013) Mathematician, critic of intelligent design creationism.
– William J. Guste (1922-2013) Lousiana attorney general who defended creationism law.
– Edward T. Oakes (1948-2013) Catholic theologian who criticized intelligent design.
– Solomon Wickey (1938-2013) Amish faith-healing herbalist.
– Ed Dufresne (1941-2013) California Christian evangelist who did faith healings.
– Colin Wilson (1931-2013) Author of “The Outsider” who wrote many occult & paranormal books.
– Lloyd Pye (1946-2013) Paranormal author and proponent of the “Starchild skull”.
– Jesse Marcel Jr. (1937-2013) Claimed to have handled Roswell UFO wreckage.
– Frederick Zugibe (1928-2103) Medical examiner who wrote on the Shroud of Turin.
– Elaine Morgan (1920-2013) Promoted the aquatic ape hypothesis.
– Roy Mackal (1925-2013) Biologist who explored cryptozoology.
– Mike Morwood (1950-2013) Archaeologist who discovered Homo floresiensis.
– Hilary Koprowski (1916-2013) Developed first live-virus polio vaccine.
– Ali Maow Maalin (1954-2013) Last person to get smallpox; died helping eradicate polio.
– Peter Pockley (1935-2013) Australian science journalist & popularizer.
– Jaako J. Wallenius (1958-2013) Finnish skeptic blogger & journalist.
– Pekka Elo (1949-2013) Finnish Humanists & Rationalist International.
– Laszlo Toth (1951-2013) Hungarian skeptic, director of the House of Culture.
– Margherita Hack (1922-2013) Italian astrophysicist who advised CICAP.
– Peter Bügel (1945-2013) Board member of Dutch Society against Quackery.
– Jeffrey Paul Lucas (1956-2013) U.S. Air Force Captain at Air Force Academy.
– Joseph Steinberg Former U.S. Army, blogged at Infidel World, “Humes Bastard”.
– Michael Strieb (1970-2013) JREF Forum: NobbyNobbs.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
– Egg Balancing and more (lots more).
– Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
– You can find Susan Gerbic at her website.
Skeptical Humanities [17:35]
– Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients Political Action Page.
– Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia.
– Boilerplate letter to representatives.
– Supporting documents to send.
– SEO strategies for boosting good info into Burzynski’s Google searches.
– Warning letter to Burzynski’s IRB.
– Families who are rallying for Burzynski.
– The House Cancer Caucus.
– The Senate Cancer Coalition.
– The Childhood Cancer Caucus.
– Find out more at Skeptical Humanities!
The Odds Must Be Crazy [25:00]
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week’s featured story “The Cable Coincidence“.
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– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at Skeptically Yours.
Interview: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar [28:50]
– Grew up in Iraq, born in Babylon.
– Lived most of his life in Baghdad.
– In 2007 his Brother, cousin and best friend were killed by Al-Qaeda.
– First was sent to Houston, Texas, one of the states which will accept refugees.
– Houston actually has one of the largest secular/atheist communities in the USA.
– For work he moved to the Washington D.C. area.
– Why is it that the further north in the world people, the more rational they get?
– It is easily forgotten than the separation of church and state was mainly to protect Christians from each other at the beginning.
– Most immigrants are more ‘patriotic’ than natives because they know what it is like without the rights of those native to the USA.
– Many in the media mischaracterized the ‘Mission Accomplished’ sign while Bush was in office.
– Now the majority of Iraqi’s have access to the Internet and information which they did not have before.
– The biggest fault of the recent war in Iraq seems to have been a lack of end-game.
– Northern Iraq is quite successful, it is now considered one of the best vacation spots in the world.
– There are still seven countries which kill people for being an atheist.
– In many middle eastern countries your religion is part of your official ID and passport.
– In September 2010 he founded the Global Secular Humanist Movement.
– Sean Faircloth and his group is now affiliated with the group as well.
– We need a lot more media like Cosmos, and the upcoming new version of Cosmos to make science accessible.
– On December 8th, 2013 Faisal was a speaker at the Harvard Humanist Hub opening, organized by Greg Epstien.
– They have given Humanist of the Year awards to people like Joss Wedon and Seth McFarlane.
– His website www.faisalalmutar.com.