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It seems that every other day there is another news story or article touting some breakthrough in the world of neuroscience. This can tend to cause even the most ardent science lover to be confused as to what the practical applications are of the brain research we keep hearing about. This week on Skepticality, Derek speaks with Dr. Robert A. Burton, author of On Being Certain, about his latest book A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind. Dr. Burton’s latest focus is on identifying the strengths and limitations of modern neuroscience. His book helps us to better understand the topic so we can make better use of the information contained with the plethora of published studies.
Show Notes

– Date – July 2nd, 2013
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:15]
– The Rhine/Doyle story was told in Skepticality #156 and in this blog post.
– The Fortsas hoax was covered in Skepticality #136 and in this page at Museum of Hoaxes.
– The recent Psychic Sally ruling over an alleged earpiece was covered by Jamy Ian Swiss at the JREF blog.
– It has interesting parallels with Randi's debunking of Peter Popoff in 1986.
– Full details on the skeptic history workshop and the crowdsourcing workshop are posted at Lanyrd.
– Workshop leader Shane Greenup explains Why You Need To Attend the Crowdsourcing Skepticism Workshop at the JREF's blog.
– Workshop leader Daniel Loxton offers his own reasons to attend the workshop on preserving skeptic history at Skepticblog.
– Tim's segment in Skepticality #186 contains many tips for online activities surrounding TAM, that still apply this year.
– Tim also posted a variety of #TAM2013 Tips online, they are collected together at this page on Storify.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Skeptical Humanities [7:40]
– Don't Be A Dick!
– Find more informat at the website: Skeptical Humanities.

Wikipedia [15:35]
Breast Cancer.
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
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The Odds Must Be Crazy [21:05]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
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Interview: Dr. Robert Burton [28:13]
Dr. Robert Burton, Neuroscientist and author of 'On Being Certain' and 'The Skeptics Guide to the Mind'.
– A lot of modern brain science is so 'new' it is hard to get our hands around all the 
– It is important to realize the difference between science and speculation, even when it is based on a scientific foundation
– In 50 years we have gone from psychoanalysis to the more respected science of psychology
– A professor at Emory did a casual experiment with a class about memory recall using the first Challenger disaster
– A vast amount of thought happens completely unconsciously
– We can stimulate areas of the brain to 'create' experiences such as alien abductions, out of body sensations, etc…
Free Will is just a leftover religious concept, and has no real scientific basis
– Carol Tavris has done a lot of work on the myth of 'repressed memories'
– Causation is our experience of the juxtaposition of two events which can lead to bad ideas like 'loose change'
– We know that your brain can reorganize memories and does it all the time
– Dr. Burton has an interesting view on the idea of speaking in tongues
– Taking complex scientific ideas and oversimplifying them can lead some very bad consequences
Steven J. Gould used to use baseball to better explain evolution to highlight probability
– Things like the smell of freshly baked bread can cause reactions in people
– Do humans have a swarming behavior like some others in the animal kingdom
– The study of group behavior is very difficult
– Find out where to see Dr. Burton on his website at
– His new website is is a science, philosophy and literature online magazine

Outro Music [1:32:25]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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