– Date – March 10th, 2015
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Skepticism, Past and Future [0:55]
– Australian skeptic (and Skeptic Zone podcast regular) Dr. Rachael Dunlop won a Shorty Award for her work on Twitter on March 3, 2010.
– The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that there is no persuasive evidence linking mercury in vaccines to autism on March 12, 1010.
– Fact Check Central and SciCheck are two new fact checking sites.
– More details about Fact Check Central and SciCheck (and some others) at Tim's Skeptools blog.
– Tim previously discussed other fact-checking sites on Skepticality #240 (September 2014).
– Izitru is the successor to FourMatch, another Skeptools post demonstrates the use of Izitru with ghost photos.
– Some good how-to articles on investigating photos can be found at Bellingcat and Veri.ly.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.
Skepticality: On The Side #1 [17:15]
– A new experiement for the show, 'Skepticality: On The Side'.
– Tim may be the first of the 'newer' segments, but he actually was not the first of the many past contributors to Skepticality.
– The Skepticality 10th Anniversary is coming up very soon, on May 7th, 2005 was the first episode, 'Odd Leader'.
– The show only has just shy of 250 episodes, mainly due to the long recovery period that Derek suffered between 2005 and about 2012.
– Derek and Steve Novella from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe figured out that Skepticality was the first Skeptics Podcast by only about a week or less.
– Over the course of history, many times inventions and ideas came about right around the same time.
– Bob points out that Germany and Russia invented World War II at the same time.
– Derek's 'Hot Topic' is the Malaysian Flight 'Truthers'.
– One of the past guests of Skepticality, Jeff Wise, wrote an article on the topic that went viral.
– Derek likes this topic because the company he owned in Vegas back in the 90's, the first client he had was a researcher which was hired to find lost planes. – It has similar memories of the 2009 Air France lost plane. [http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/06/01/air.france.brazil/index.html] – The BMO data that flights record is still meager, even today.
– It is hard for many to think we can lose a big airliner in the era when many of us have something like 'Find My Friends' on their mobile phone.
– Tim even tweeted an article that Jeff wrote on the topic because of how self aware he was about his own ideas.
– In his article he talked about his own obsession with the ideas he had as to where the plane might be.
– Bob's 'Hot Topic' is a confrontation he had with Michael Horn, who is part of the Billy Myer group, while at the 'Skeptical Classroom' conference about taking part of his next conspiracy theory documentary.
– The group use highly dubious photographs as their only evidence proving that there is a UFO cover-up.
– Tim's topic is about the news that Google might be adding to how they rank websites and the backlash over it by conspiracy believers.
– Susan's topic is not about Wikipedia, she is more passionate about getting people to get out there and 'do' something.
– She thinks it is unacceptable that people allow psychics to make their claims and disrupt the lives of sad, or depressed people.
– Would there be a risk if all the psychics flooded the police with their 'visions' which could solve crime?
– A case a few years back where the police followed a psychic lead that ended quite horribly.
– Not every police department is skeptical enough not to follow every lead.
– Susan and some of her team went to see Chip Coffee who then posted things about his bad readings on Facebook.
– It might take someone far funnier than most of us skeptics to do what Susan wants to do.
– Please write in to the show, and offer any ideas, suggestions or other tidbits!