This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob watches a plump Polish sausage get redder and redder;
- Eve’s on a boat;
- Sharon has a bone to pick with Dr. Doolittle;
- Tim is looking on the bright side;
- and Brian Thomps….hey, what the hell is Brian Thompson doing here?!
Anyone watching live can ask us questions on YouTube or by using the #virtualskeptics hashtag on Twitter.
This is the Virtual Skeptics; A hour of discussion of the latest interesting skeptical news bits. “It’s like Meet the Press, but with chupacabras”
Weekly, Wednesday, 8pm ET – Google+ Hangout ON AIR
(Show notes and links below)
This Week’s Panel
- Bob Blaskiewicz – CSI’s Conspiracy Guy web columnist, blogger for Skeptical Humanities and Swift Blog contributor
- Eve Siebert – Editor and blogger at Skeptical Humanities and contributor to Skepticality
- Sharon Hill – Editor of Doubtful News and author of the CSI’s Sounds Sciencey web column
- Tim Farley – JREF Fellow, founder of Skeptools, Skepticality contributor and creator of What’s the Harm.
- …and we have a special guest, the outreach coordinator for the James Randi Educational Foundation, Brian Thompson.
- Brian Gregory – Host
Tips for cancer patients who plan to visit the Burzynski Clinic:
The case of Amelia Saunders:
The case of Luna P.
The full story of Wayne and Lisa Marie Merritt, including the Clinic’s threats:
Orac’s hilarious but accurate and well-deserved mockery of Eric Merola’s life’s work:
Reuters: Noah’s Ark theme park wants to show the Flood was “plausible”
Awful animal communication clap trap from Canadian media
Animal Behaviorist: We’ll Soon Have Devices That Let Us Talk With Our Pets
Horse rescue involved “animal communicator”
Photo of police dog at slain Bardstown officer’s funeral draws worldwide reaction
The Amanda Filipacchi incident is documented in a Salon article by Andrew Leonard, who also followed up with a whole series on the editor “Qworty” who caused most of the problem. That editor is now blocked on Wikipedia.
Tim documented how much more traffic Wikipedia gets than skeptic websites on his blog, underscoring the importance of recruiting skeptical editors.
Tim also wrote a how-to that explains how you can set up a watch list on Wikipedia to help you catch when other editors go rogue.
Brian’s Robot links:
Scientists create ‘thought controlled’ flying robots
The Amazing Meeting
The Virtual Skeptics were nominated for a Parsec Award.
Sharon’s talk from NECSS is online.
Bob was the inaugural interviewee on Skeptically Challenged.
Tim is on the latest episode of Skepticality
The Virtual Skeptics is an independent production of Doubtful News, WhatsTheHarm.net, Skeptical Humanities, and Brian Gregory. Our logo was designed by Sara Mayhew at SaraMayhew.com. Our theme music is by Tremor and is used with permission.