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It has become quite obvious to many skeptics and promoters and lovers of science that in our current world where it seems that all too many in the world get convinced to turn their eyes blind to the mountains of evidence and rational thought of the past few hundred years, one of the few bright candles in modern times tends to be that of comedy. In this episode Derek has a special in-studio guest, Dr. Peter Ludovice. Peter is a Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Pete is also a popular stand up comedian who performs science, and rational based comedy at events around the United States. Derek discusses with Dr. Ludovice how he uses his interesting mix of professions to reach out to his students, and the people who come to see him perform at any of his events.
Show Notes

– Date – May 8, 2012
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Skepticism, Past and Future

– Simon Singh was dealt a setback at preliminary hearing on the word “bogus” on May 7, 2009
– Simon Singh won his appeal over the word bogus in a 3-0 ruling on April 1, 2010
The BCA dropped their suit against Simon Singh on April 15, 2010
– David Irving lost his lawsuit against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books on April 11, 2000
Scientology lost the bulk of it’s case against Richard Behar and Time Magazine on July 16, 1996 but some appeals continued into 2001
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Data-Driven Skepticism is covered in detail in a new post at Tim’s blog
Simon Singh analyzed Sally Morgan’s audience ratings in January
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The Odds Must Be Crazy

– This week’s featured story is Two out of Thirty Million – Story was submitted by reader Bethany G
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– Also mentioned in this week’s episode is Barbara’s editorial, Knot That Strange
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Unnatural Virtue

– Sympathetic Magic
– Dr. Bruce Hood
– The Amazing Meeting
– Superstition
– Adam Savage on one of the Mythbusters
– Supersense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable
– James Frazer
– The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion
– Magical Thinking

Dr. Pete Ludovice

– Dr. Pete is a professor at Georgia Tech
– He performs science based stand-up comedy routines at events and comedy clubs
– “Inside the Black Box” radio show
– Both Dr. Pete and Randy Olsen have been attempting to bridge scientists and society using humor
– Why do scientists keep looking down at their peers who bring science understanding to the public
– NASA ‘Weird Life
– Pete was recently performing at the USA Science & Engineering Festival
Carl Sagan was screwed
Doug Glick studied the comedy of Eddie Izzard
– The ‘Flame Challenge‘ How does a flame work?
Zombie Preparedness Kit
Periodic Table T-Shirt
– Brain Tumor can effect your Sex Drive
– New Dean for GA Tech Computing
– Rich Demittle C-22U 21st Century Computer University
The Inventor Competition
Feel the Power of the Dork Side
– Some states have driver education taught by comedians
The BP Oil Spill is a good example of not understanding statistics can be bad
NASA Powerpoint mistake caused a shuttle disaster
– The Metric vs. English conversion NASA mistake causes mistakes
– Drug Dealers are the only folks in the USA who actually converted to the metric system
– See Dr. Pete being funny!

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