This Week on The Virtual Skeptics…
- Bob gets emotive;
- Eve very nearly defends Kirk Cameron;
- Barb is afraid of Sanjay Gupta;
- And Tim’s brain is falling out.
The panel this week was (left to right) Brian Gregory, Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz, Eve Siebert and Barbara Drescher.
What is the significance of the date October 23, 4004 BC? (Looking for name of a person)
Bob on Masaru Emoto (at 4:25)
Masaru Emoto (July 22, 1943 – October 17 2014) http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/10/masaru-emoto-who-believed-water-reacted-to-positive-speech-has-died/
Eve on Kirk Cameron & Halloween (at 13:16)
Christian Post: Kirk Cameron on Halloween http://www.christianpost.com/news/kirk-cameron-on-halloween-christians-should-have-the-biggest-party-on-the-block-128345/
Raw Story: Kirk Cameron: Halloween Masks Mocking Obama Celebrate Jesus Defeating Satan http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/10/kirk-cameron-halloween-masks-mocking-obama-celebrate-jesus-defeating-satan/
Jezebel: Kirk Cameron Will Have You Know that Halloween is a Christian Holiday http://jezebel.com/kirk-cameron-will-have-you-know-halloween-is-a-christia-1649060441
Politicus USA: Kirk Cameron Wants to Steal Halloween and Turn It into Jesus Day http://www.politicususa.com/2014/10/21/kirk-cameron-steal-halloween-turn-jesus-day.html
UPDATE Oct 28th: Eve has written up this controversy as a post for INSIGHT: http://www.skeptic.com/insight/kirk-cameron-and-his-critics-is-halloween-christian-or-pagan/
Barbara on Sanjay Gupta’s Ebola video (at 25:52)
Sanjay Gupta’s “How to Protect Yourself” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuyKHzKABnY
CBS News’s “What Should Ebola Health Workers Wear?”: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-should-ebola-health-care-workers-wear/
PPE for Ebola: This is how Emory does it: http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2014/10/21/ppe-for-ebola-this-is-how-emory-does-it/
Tim on the origin of “brains fall out” (at 40:46)
(Former) JREF Forum thread: http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99785
Faktoider page: http://www.faktoider.nu/openmind_eng.html
Garson O’Toole the Quote Investigator gets the answer: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/13/open-mind/
Brian’s robot update (at 1:00:23)
Megabot Kickstarter (showcase at NYC ComiCon) http://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/10/21/real-life-pacific-rim-this-megabot-kickstarter-is-goin-places-2368076
Robot with “morals” makes surprisingly deadly decisions http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329863.700-ethical-trap-robot-paralysed-by-choice-of-who-to-save.html
Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/artificial-intelligence/machinelearning-maestro-michael-jordan-on-the-delusions-of-big-data-and-other-huge-engineering-efforts
Happy birthday to Nathan Miller!
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