This week on the Virtual Skeptics
- Bob wants to let you in on a money making opportunity;
- Eve wants to hear your life story, but she doesn’t believe it;
- And Tim is causing spurious correlations.
Skeptic Trivia question
On a recent Skepticality I talked about skeptic awards. One I didn’t mention is the “In The Trenches” award which has been given out since 2004 at what annual skeptic event?
Bob’s segment (at 3:35)
Doubtful News’ coverage: http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/05/herbalife-tells-distributors-not-to-make-miracle-claims/
Courthouse News Service coverage of Amway suit: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/04/29/67407.htm
Doubtful News’ coverage: http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/05/amways-latest-lawsuit/
FTC announcement about Fortune Hi-Tech marketing: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/05/ftc-settlement-bans-pyramid-scheme-operators-multi-level
Tim’s segment (at 21:09)
Spurious Correlations: http://www.tylervigen.com/
Barb’s segment (at 33:57)
Beau, The Lab Who Could Do Math, Passes On http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/beau-the-lab-who-could-do-math-passes-on/article_7200aa54-d71d-11e3-ae0a-0019bb2963f4.html
Clever Dave (blog post) http://icbseverywhere.com/blog/first-years-archives/clever-dave/
Eve’s segment (at 49:50)
DN: Fake Holocaust memoir comes back to bite author http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/05/fake-holocaust-memoir-comes-back-to-bite-the-author/
The Guardian: Author of fake Holocaust memoir ordered to return $22.5m to publisher http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/12/author-fake-holocaust-memoir-to-return-22m
LA Times: Woman who invented her Holocaust memoir must return $22.5 million http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-invented-holocaust-memoir-20140512-story.html
Blake Eskin, Slate: Why did it take so long for a far-fetched Holocaust memoir to be debunked? http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2008/02/crying_wolf.html
#TAM2014 is coming, and that means grant programs are looking for donors and looking to hand out free tickets too. One for teachers: http://icbseverywhere.com/ and one for Rising stars of skepticism: http://risingstar.saramayhew.com/
Bob has a segment on Skepticality this week, about the pyramids story he covered here last week.
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