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Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
 Interview: Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
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With the coming anniversary of Isaac Newton's birthday, Derek , sat down to have a chat with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar. Faisal grew up in Iraq where he was at odds with the Sunni, Shai, and Al-Qaeda. He now lives in the United States after being granted asylum. In his short time living in the United States, he was gone on to help build an amazing community of people dedicated to making society a better place through the promotion of humanism, secular values, and skeptical thinking.
Show Notes
 

– 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.

Wikipedia [12:00]
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“.
– Story was submitted by Skepticality listener Andy Harding.
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
– Our theme music comes to us courtesy of Brian Keith Dalton, AKA Mr. Deity.
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– Or over at their Google+ page.
– Wendy Hughes is on Twitter: @Wendy91602.
– John Rael is on Twitter: @skepticallyPwnd.
– Jarrett Kaufman is on Twitter: @TurboFool.
– Barbara Drescher is on Twitter: @badrescher.
– 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 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.

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Outro Christmas Music [1:16:33]
– Christmas Music by George Hrab, song: ‘I Don’t Believe In Christmas’.

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