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Professor Richard Wiseman
 Interview: Richard Wiseman
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This week on Skepticality, Professor Wiseman talks with Swoopy about his latest book, Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There and reveals how the research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences has produced remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and everyday beliefs.
Show Notes
 

Date – July 5th, 2011 read by Derek.

– Looks like Derek is going to be doing more solo interviews.
– Derek and Swoopy will be attending TAM 9, and participating on some Workshops.
– Tim’s Skeptic History now is a free iPhone/iPad application.

Skeptic History Notes

– The Australian paranormal contest program “The One” (featuring Richard Saunders) debuted on July 8, 2008.
– The second patent on Scientology’s “E-Meter” was granted July 16, 1957.
– Scientology’s “Operation Snow White” resulted in a large FBI raid on July 8, 1977.
– The Scientology versus the Internet battle grew out of the creation of alt.religion.scientology on July 17, 1991.
– New revelations about Scientology regularly appear at the Village Voice blogs and at former Scientologist Marty Rathbun’s blog.
– Janet Reitman’s book “Inside Scientology” was released this week.
– Hugh Urban’s book “The Church of Scientology” will be released in August.
– The TAM9 Obituary reel is being worked on, please contribute if you can.
Rustum Roy was a materials scientist who defended homeopathy by studying water, he was born July 3, 1924. He died last August.
Zecharia Sitchin was an author who promoted ancient astronaut theories, he was born July 11, 1920. He died last October.
– You can read daily Skeptic History facts on Twitter or Facebook or download the brand new (and free) JREF iPhone app.

Interview

– Dr. Wisemen was named on the UK’s “Happy List
– He was named on the Happy List at the same time as his ‘59 seconds book.
– We should make sure people have the information so they know the science.
– It is getting easier to get the message of science out to people using the Internet.
Learning how mind tricks and stage magic works can make people better skeptics.
– Using Quick Response Codes is a great way to enhance information outreach.
– There *is* an App For That!
– The United States Publishers thought there was no demand for Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there.
– People go to unregulated and unlicensed psychics instead of medical professionals.
– About one quarter of British believe in the supernatural.
– People get terrified when they do not understand sleep paralysis.
– About 80% of the people in the United States believe in the paranormal.
– Many UK celebrities are very skeptical in nature.
– Are too many people primed to expect the paranormal?
– Wiseman has done large experiments on peoples perception of ghosts.
– You body has many physical and chemical responses to fear or expecting the paranormal.
– People seem to think lens flairs in pictures of scary places are ghosts.
Skeptics should be more than just nay-sayers or just debunkers.
– We should remember that these things are not new, one example the ‘spirtual’ movement.
– Michael Faraday did some clever tests to show frauds during the hight of the spiritual era.
– Swoopy loves Gef the Talking Mongoose.
Harry Price attempted to investigate Gef the Talking Mongoose.
Why do people join cults?
Activation-synthesis hypothesis can explain many abuction stories.
– We are still understanding why we dream.
– Hoping the same people who gravitated to Quirkology will enjoy Paranormality.
– You can see Dr. Wiseman at TAM this July.
– To find out more and keep tabs on Dr. Wisemen follow him on twitter or do his puzzles at his website.



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