– Date – March 12, 2013
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Skpepticism Past and Future
– Kansas was the first state to license chiropractors, passing a law on March 18, 1913. (Louisiana was the last, in 1974).
– Naturopaths (and others) are trying to make a similar grab for legitimacy today.
– The "testing" of Uri Geller by SRI was documented in a March 12, 1973 article in TIME Magazine.
– James Randi and his team proved Peter Popoff was cheating during a March 16, 1986 show in Anaheim.
– Tim first wrote of gamification and skepticism on his blog in a post about Skeptics Stack Exchange two years ago.
– Tim has also written about other gamification ideas relating to skepticism.
– RBUTR also has some game-like features that continue to evolve.
– The Climate Reality Project launched a game-like site called Reality Drop at the end of February.
– Much of the material on the site was sourced from John Cook's Skeptical Science website (via Creative Commons licensing).
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim's blog.
The News in Religion
– The Catholic Church will begin the closed-door papal conclave meetings to elect the new pope on Tuesday, March 12.
– A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype.
– Iranian President Mah-mood Ah-ma den-e-jad claims that Hugo Chavez will "return on resurrection day".
– Heather's other podcasts:
> Ardent Atheist on Twitter: @Ardentatheists and Skeptically Yours on Twitter: @SkepticallyYour.
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The Odds Must Be Crazy
– The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week's featured story is, "The Popes of Finnish Football".
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The Rocks Don't Lie – Interview: David Montgomery
– David Montgomery: diplomat, geologist, geomorphologist, and author.
– Derek first learned of David's new book from Donald Prothero, another geologist and skeptic who wrote a review for Skeptic Magazine on their 'Skeptic Blogs' site.
– David helped setup the 'Geomorphological Research Group' at the University of Washington.
– David's latest book is "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood".
– Religion and Science were not always at the odds they have been in recent times.
– These days in the United States the numbers of people who do not believe in evolution and the age of the Earth are far too high in number.
– Creationism is actually a modern idea, started around 1961 with the book "The Genesis Flood".
– Visitors at the Grand Canyon can find a anti-science book there which shouldn't be there, "The Grand Canyon: A Different View".
– Several scientific groups attempted to get the book out of the national park system visitor centers.
– Are people 'anti science', or just stuck too deep in certain personal facets of personal dogmas or religious up-bringings.
– The area of Mesopatemia had a huge flood right around the time as depicted in the Bible.
– It was also discovered that the basin area surrounding the valley of the Black Sea.
– Check out David's research group online.
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