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Derek nabs some time with Dr. Micheal Shermer, the man in charge of Skeptic Magazine and the Skeptics Society for a little update and chat about his new book highlighting his fifteen years writing a regular column for Scientific American magazine, followed by some discussion about how science factors into the current United States presidential election.
Show Notes

– Date – May 17th, 2016
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Wikipedia Update [xx:xx]
– More about Susan Gerbic.

Skeptical Humanities [xx:xx]
Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Tour.
On the Media, On Shakespeare, 4/22/2016.
The Argosy, vol. 28.(“How Shakespeare’s Skull Was Stolen” begins on p. 268)
PBS: Shakespeare’s Tomb.
Channel 4 Press Release.
New York Times, “Alas, Poor William Shakespeare, Where Does His Skull Rest?

The Odds Must Be Crazy [xx:xx]
– This week’s featured story is, “A Sad Coincidence“.
– Story was submitted by Skepticality listener, Erik Harris.
– Segment Trivia: Dog Birth Certificates.

– The AKC does have registration for dog births under certain circumstances.
– Please visit the story link for a more detailed analysis and to add your comments.
– Additional thoughts and considerations provided by Barbara Drescher.
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– Thanks to our friends Emery Emery and Heather Henderson for hospitality and support for the production of the segment. Visit them at Ardent Athiest and Skeptically Yours.

Interview: Dr. Michael Shermer [xx:xx]
– Discussion with Dr. Michael Shermer.
– Last time Dr. Shermer was on Skepticality was when his book “The Moral Arc” had just come out.
– Since he has published a book of his Scientific American articles from the past 15 years.
– Why haven’t the Libertarians made more a push this year with the climate of the current race?
– United States politics and presidential elections and public attitudes about them has always been heated.
– People even use to sell effigies of Abraham Lincoln to hang on trees and burn in protest out of frustration.
– Donald Trump is soaring in the ranks of the Republican party dispite abnormal tactics.
– No Dr. Shermer DOES NOT endorse Donald Trump, however is impressed with his ability to do so well using his methods.
The Skeptics Society isn’t doing another big conference, but you should check out their, regular ‘science salon’ talks/lectures.
– Now that Dr. Shermer and his new wife have a new baby, he will not be at Skeptrack at Dragon Con this year.
– You can grab the book, and his others here.


Outro Music [x:xx]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.


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