This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob gazes deeply into your eyes;
- Eve is looking for Beowulf; if you don’t like it, she’ll rip your arm off
- And Tim is glancing at a mirror image of Bigfoot.
Special Guest: Richard Saunders
- Doubtful News’ coverage: http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/08/iridology-does-not-work-for-cancer-this-should-be-obvious/
- NeuroLogica’s take: http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/death-by-iridology/
- Reporting on the Maine case: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9089390/Iridologist-gave-woman-false-hope-tribunal-told http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11115700
- New Zealand’s “Natural Therapy” website: http://www.donotlink.com/Iq
- Penelope Dingle’s case: http://www.smh.com.au/national/parents-guilty-of-manslaughter-over-daughters-eczema-death-20090605-bxvx.html
- Gloria Thomas’ death: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/13310801/woman-sues-homeopath-over-sisters-cancer-death/
- History Extra: Finding the truth behind the Beowulf legend http://www.historyextra.com/beowulf
- Daily Mail: Secrets of Beowulf revealed http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2402079/Secrets-Beowulf-revealed-Relics-discovered-Danish-feasting-hall-featured-Britains-oldest-epic-poem.html
- The Australian: Setting found for oldest English epic, Beowulf http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/setting-found-for-oldest-english-epic-beowulf/story-fnb64oi6-1226704940782
- Reverse image search as part of your skeptic toolkit: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/reverse-image-search-skeptic-tineye-google/
Bob has a segment on this week’s Skepticality, following up on the Mami Wata and the Nigerian “mermaid” riot.
Atlanta Star Party is coming up the Thursday of Dragon*Con, but if you don’t have your tickets, you’re out of luck because the tickets are sold out. But you can still donate to CosmoQuest if you like. DragonCon’s Skeptrack is this week; Derek has posted an update on key things you need to know here: http://www.skeptrack.org/newsinfo/
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