This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob reminds you: DON’T TAUNT CTHULHU!
- Eve learns history from a novel;
- Tim just found out that not everything you read on Twitter is true;
- AND we have a special guest this week!
The panel this week:
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
Tim Farley – JREF Fellow, founder of Skeptools, Skepticality contributor and creator of What’s the Harm.
Brian Gregory – founder of Virtual Drinking Skeptically and host.
Because Sharon Hill is off unbending all of the spoons this week, we have a special guest, Blake Smith, writer, researcher, and Parsec winning host of the MonsterTalk podcast.
Click through for the links and show notes…
Doubtful News’ coverage of the Nigerian mermaid:
Doc Vega, “Vikings, UFOs and Bigfoots? Part I http://www.ufodigest.com/article/ufos-vikings-part-i-0628
Bigfoot Lunch Club, “Did Historian Document a Battle between Vikings and Bigfoots?” http://www.bigfootlunchclub.com/2013/07/did-historian-document-battle-between.html
Jason Colavito, “Did Vikings Battle Neanderthals in Medieval Russia?” http://www.bigfootlunchclub.com/2013/07/did-historian-document-battle-between.html
Daniel Loxton & Donald Prothero’s new book on cryptids: http://shop.skeptic.com/merchant.mvc?&Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SS&Product_Code=b150HB
Kickstarter to fund a Bigfoot call: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141588390/squatchit-original-fun-sasquatch-caller-to-find-bi
Some “authenticity-challenged” recordings of Bigfoots for comparison: http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/sounds.php
Verification Junkie is a Tumblr that catalogs fact-checking tools: http://verificationjunkie.tumblr.com/
Here’s a blog post that introduces it: http://stearns.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/introducing-verification-junkie/
The story of Reddit’s incorrect identification of Boston bomber #2: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/magazine/should-reddit-be-blamed-for-the-spreading-of-a-smear.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Laura Hudson’s excellent essay about online shaming: http://laurahudson.tumblr.com/post/56458456777/shaming-social-media-and-the-impact-of-online-power
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