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Guy P. Harrison
 Interviews: Robert Blaskiewicz and Guy P. Harrison
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This episode Derek has a chat with Robert Blaskiewicz, who has been highly involved in bringing attention to the dodgy cancer research that Stanislaw Burzynski has been conducting. Then, Guy Harrison visits Skepticality, once again, to talk about his new skeptic focused book, 'Think', which aims to give rational thinkers a set of tools to help talk to, and work alongside, those who hold dubious beliefs.
Show Notes
 

– Date – February 4, 2014
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– Theme song by Steve Seamans of the Daisy Dillman Band. Get the song HERE.
– Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing books, Skepticality stuff, or using our Amazon link to help us!

– Atlanta had an interesting social experiment with ice and snow

Skepticism, Past and Future [1:20]
– The Discovery Institute’s Wedge Strategy, 1998 document leaked February 5, 1999. NCSE’s Barbara Forrest explained the significance of the document in her testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover trial (PDF).
– The very first Skeptics in the Pub held on February 6, 1999, London, featured speaker Wendy M. Grossman (founder of the UK Skeptic magazine & a CSI Fellow).
– There are now over one hundred such regular meetings.
– Excellent interactive map of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks by the Council on Foreign Relations went viral in January.
– Tim traced the viral path it took from Twitter to the blogs to mass media leading to 500,000 views in ten days.
– Facebook is being sued over phantom likes from private messages, and Tim warns they could backfire on skeptics particularly.
– He advises using a tool called DoNotLink to avoid linking directly to pseudoscience or paranormal sites.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Wikipedia [9:40]
Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Blog.
Photos Wanted on Wikipedia.
Peter Gleick on Wikipedia.
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

Unnatural Virtue [12:40]
The halo effect.
– Phrase was coined by psychologist Edward Thorndike in 1920.
– This episode of Unnatural Virtue includes an excerpt from The Critical Thinker’s Dictionary.
– Read by Kristen James. See Bob Carroll’s author page for more about this book, including the audio version.

Skepticism and the Humanities [23:00]
Skeptical Humanities.
The Cottingley Fairies.

The Odds Must Be Crazy [31:20]
The Odds Must Be Crazy.
– This week’s featured story is, “Dreaming and Coincidence“.
– Story was submitted by an anonymous Skepticality listener.
Visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
– Our producer and audio engineer is Brian Hart.
– Our theme music comes to us courtesy of Brian Keith Dalton, AKA Mr. Deity.
– Please visit The Independent Investigations Group Los Angeles.
– The Odds Must Be Crazy can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
– Wendy Hughes is on Twitter.
– Jarrett Kaufman is on Twitter.
– Barbara Drescher is on Twitter.
– Brian Hart is on Twitter.
– Brian Keith Dalton is on Twitter.

Burzynski Cancer Update – Discussion With Robert Blaskiewicz [38:35]
– There has been a lot of pressure put on Burzynski and his clinic in recent months.
– No only about Burzynski, but media attention on other medical topics skeptics are concerned with.
– Contact and pressure your Congressman, get information at the Cancer Quack website.

ECarbon Dating Web Comic [1:00:13]
Check out ‘Carbon Dating’ online!

Interview: Guy Harrison (Think) [1:00:32]
– His latest book is ‘Think‘.
– Past books featured on Skepticality: ‘The 50 Popular Beliefs That People Believe Are True‘, ‘The 50 Reasons People Give For People Believing In A God‘, and ‘Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity‘.
– Guy used to live in the Cayman Islands.
– Has been on the show a couple times before.
– Our human brains are quite greedy when it comes to energy.
– One of Guy’s favorite topics is the ‘End of the World‘.
– Even Jesus claimed that the end of the world would happen within the lifetime of his followers.
– Latest Book is ‘Think‘ which is a kind of a guide for Skeptics to interact with others.
– You can check out Guy’s personal website here.

End Notes Music [1:29:20]
– Episode End Notes (Dropfox)
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