Friday, January 5, 2018

January, 2018

Nearly a year has passed since my last post, and the time has come to give up the ghost and officially retire the Skeptical Review.  I thank everyone who has ever taken the time to read anything published on the Skeptical Review.  In no particular order, I recognize with gratitude that Karl Mamer, Dr. Stuart Robbins, Brian Thompson, Trystan Swale, Haley Stevens, Linley Kissick and Kylie Sturgess have all in the past either contributed to or been a friend of the blog. Not to be left out are Sharon Hill and Torkel Ødegard with whom I participated in the very good and still underappreciated 15 Credibility Street podcast. Thank you one and all.  My wife, Leah, was a wonderful supporter and editor.  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

God Help Us All: I hosted a podcast.

podcasting is hard
The latest episode of 15 Credibility Street is entitled: I'm the only One.  The "only one" refers to me as host of the episode.  Sharon explains during her cameo that she's just not feeling the podcasting vibe, so to speak, given the current events in the news.  The ensuing episode is a bit of a potpourri of my thoughts on a few topics.

I discussed a trio of podcasts: Be Reasonable, Reality Check, and The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.  Be Reasonable does useful work interviewing proponents of paranormal, pseudoscientific, and/or poorly evidenced ideas and beliefs.  Be Reasonable is a production of the Merseyside Skeptics and has returned to production after a nine-month hiatus.  Reality Check is the oldest skeptically focused podcast in Canada, and each week, a tight thirty-minute episode is produced that usually discusses a trio of topics.  The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe has a long history and consistent track record. I share my view on its current state with its newest member Cara Santa Maria. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Be Reasonable has returned with the flat Earth.

In the middle of the 1950s, the great 20th Century explorer Admiral Richard Byrd found something during his multi-decade explorations of Antartica that caused both the United States and The Soviet Union to abandon and then seal off the entire Southern continent.  Further, NASA was created to hide the new truth from people on the world.  What Byrd discovered was evidence that the Earth is flat, and we are living in a giant snow globe-type structure.  A few years after Byrd made his discovery, he died of mysterious causes for such a robust individual.  

The above is not something from a SciFi television program, but the gist of the beliefs of Mark Sergant as interviewed on Be Reasonable.  Be Reasonable hosted by Michael "Marsh" Marshall of the Good Thinking Society and Skeptics with a K has returned after a nine month hiatus.  The first guest is a proponent of the idea that the Earth is not a globe, but a flat land that is surrounded on the edges by the massive continent of Antartica.  

As Marshall's typical practice during a Be Reasonable interview, he generally has a hands off approach and allows the interviewee a generous amount of time to share their views.  Marshall does ask occasional questions, but not to trip up or confront the guest, but to tease out more of their views.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Episode Five of 15 Credibility Street (Yes. 152 is not 187)

Doubtful News has produced another episode of 15 Credibility Street.  Of note, Sharon, Torkel, and I discuss the recent return of the Moth-man in West Virginia which segues into a discussion of teaching critical thinking to children.  Here a brief discussion of politics and skepticism occurs where Sharon and I note our occasional significant differences.  (Actually, I do not think we are that different in a wide range of areas, but in regard to specific constitutional issues, we are day and night.) We also discuss the alleged UFO flap over Turkey that hit social media recently, but not the skies over Turkey.