This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob is so mad he could break somebody’s neck;
- Eve is Squatchin’ with her mummy;
- Sharon has sympathy for the psychic;
- And Tim is snooping around again
~Skeptic Trivia question ~
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the first Ig Nobel prizes, held in 1991. Winners have included such pseudoscientists as Jacques Benveniste, Erich von Daniken, L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of Breatharianism and so on. Many other winners are actual scientists who simply did something a bit unusual.
Two winners of the Ig Nobel prizes have also been speakers at The Amazing Meeting! Who are they? Hint: remember that there have been 15 Amazing Meetings in 11 years.
“Dr. Karl” Kruszelnicki won the 2002 Ig Nobel in Interdisciplinary Research. He also spoke at TAM Australia.
Dan Ariely (et al) won the 2008 Ig Nobel in Medicine, and spoke at TAM 2013.
Dr. Karl did a survey of belly button lint, Dan Ariely showed that higher priced placebos work better than cheaper ones. Both accepted their awards in person – and Ariely admitted he had expected to win it earlier.
Slow week. At least when it comes to providing links to the announcements, anyway.
The Age’s coverage of the baby-neck breaking chiropractor:
Reasonable Hank’s excellent expose:
The most shameful facebook site ever:
An excellent discussion of the risks of infant chiroparactic:
Doubtful News: German mummy mystery solved
Doubtful News: College kids on the wrong path to Finding Bigfoot
Kentucky Kernel: Campus group aims to find, gather evidence of Bigfoot
Kentucky Kernel: Bigfoot: I want to believe
Yucatan space debris or fulgurite
Marks trial result
WikiWatchdog is here: http://wikiwatchdog.com
See Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki’s Ig Nobel speech at 42:05 into this video: http://youtu.be/zZAp02DMDFA
See Dan Ariely’s Ig Nobel speech at 1:05:52 into this video: http://youtu.be/AjUFynlNuBc
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