Friday, October 16, 2009

Skeptoid, Scientific American

Skeptoid

Dunning does a treatment of shadow people, the phenomenon of seeing a shadowy figure out of the corner of your eye or when you are coming to or going to sleep.  However, the apparition is either not detailed at all or disappears when you focus on it.  It is a favorite topic on Mysterious Universe and Coast to Coast AM. Dunning does his typical thorough discussion of the topic cramming a lot of information in a very short amount of time.  I must say Dunning's story of a hallucination he had as a child with the cast of Sesame Street in the tree outside of his window was both weird and entertaining.  All in all it was a fine episode, but somehow dissatisfying in the end.  Basically, it was sh-t happens, but it does not make it paranormal.  I agree, but it sure does feel open ended. 

Scientific American

Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, was on for her monthly appearance to pitch the high points of  this month's edition of Scientific American magazine.  Actually, I enjoy these "pitch" episodes.  I find it helpful to point me in the direction of which articles I wish to read first when SciAm arrives in my mailbox each month.  I am quickly learning to enjoy DiChristina's calm style which lends a more studious feel to the show compared to Rennie's more frenetic discussions with Mirsky.

Steve Mirsky makes a pitch for the walls of subway lines to be lined with murals that act like a flip page cartoon book.  So as you look out the car window, you can see a motion picture scene unfold as you move between stops.  It may be hokey, but I like the idea. 

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