Meet The Skeptics!

One of the things I love about conferences like TAM and NECSS is the sheer variety of fascinating people I have the opportunity to meet. At TAM 2013, an Australian friend came up to me to ask if I'd ever interviewed Leo Igwe. I had to confess that I wasn't familiar with who Leo was. After she explained, I knew I had to get him on my show.

Leo is an incredibly personable, nice man. I enjoyed getting to know him and I'm sure you will too.

 

Direct download: Meet_Leo_Igwe.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:48 PM

Heather Henderson is the co-host of Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours podcasts. During TAM 2013 in Las Vegas, she took a few minutes to sit down with me and tell me her life story! This was special because she was literally on the move through the entire conference, taping episodes of her own shows, performing as a part of Penn Jillette's No God Band, and just mingling with us mortals. I was surprised that she stayed awake through the whole interview but I definitely enjoyed getting to know her better. I hope you do too.

Follow Heather on Twitter: @HeatherHenderso

OR Check her out in the video below!

Direct download: Meet_Heather_Henderson.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 1:00 PM

Matt Donnelly co-hosts Penn's Sunday School, a weekly podcast along with Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau.

Matt and I got a chance to talk about his life, how he became a part of Penn's Sunday School and the mysterious line of text that was deleted from a life-changing email before it was sent...

Follow Matt on Twitter: @SweetMattyD

And check out this video of Matt joining with Penn and Goudeau back before he was an official member of the cast!

Direct download: Meet_Matt_Donnelly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38 PM

I had a great time chatting with Jim Underdown at TAM 2013 in Las Vegas last summer. WOW! Talk about someone with a colerful past...

At one point, we talked about Jim's experiences wrestling a live bear. Seriously. While I unfortunately could not find video of that event, I did find video of an equally frustrating match as seen below.

You can find Jim at the IIG West Website: http://www.iigwest.com/ or the CFI West Website: http://www.cfiwest.org/

Direct download: Meet_Jim_Underdown.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 3:40 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with Todd Robbins at TAM 2013. I had first seen him when he performed the Emcee duties at NECSS 2011 and again at a Monday Night Magic show in New York city in 2013, but we hadn't yet met in person. I was very pleased that he was more than happy to sit down and chat for almost an hour as I let my recorder run!

You can learn much more about Todd by watching his movie American Carny, or just by checking out his website at www.ToddRobbins.com. Make sure to follow him on Twitter too! @ToddRobbins

Later in the conference, I got to see Todd perform a portion of his live show as the headliner during the "Magic, Mayhem and Mentalism" Show. My 12 year old son spent most of the show with his eyes squeezed shut and his face buried in his hands. Just watch the short video clip below to understand why.

Direct download: Meet_Todd_Robbins.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 5:07 PM

Mathematics is often referred to as the Queen of Sciences, and for good reason. There is very little room for debate within Mathematics community as to whether or not a specific answer is correct or not. If the mathematics are sound, the answer will be correct. It's a refuge that most of us only wish was available in other aspects of our lives.

Even so, the answers that Mathematics provides are very often extremely counterintuitive, which give this specific discipline the wonderful characteristic of being able to change minds far more often than other areas of science. John Allen Paulos has spent a portion of his career pointing out how a better understanding of Mathematics can change the way we think for the better.

Find Books by John Allen Paulos

Follow John on Twitter - @JohnAllenPaulos

Direct download: Meet_John_Allen_Paulos.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 8:16 PM

Karen Strachan is the director of The Center for Inquiry's Camp Inquiry, a weeklong, overnight summer camp for young Skeptics ages 8 - 16. She comes to the position after a decade of leadership experience in education, science, and art.

Karen and I chatted about Camp Inquiry, critical thinking skills in general, and her thoughts and experience with teaching how to raise critical thinking kids.

Learn more about Camp Inquiry at their website: www.campinquiry.org

Also check out CFI: www.CenterforInquiry.net or follow them on Twitter: @Center4Inquiry

Direct download: Meet_Karen_Strachan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Simon Singh is a rockstar. It's pretty much that simple. Never afraid to point out that the emperor has no clothes, he has rattled quite a few cages over the years. The truth is quite simple though. He is a lover of Science and isn't afraid to follow the evidence where it logically leads. Simon is the author of several books, including:

Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

You can follow Simon on Twitter: @SLSingh

Check out his website here: www.SimonSingh.net

Direct download: Meet_Simon_Singh.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 3:14 PM

Steve Shives is a YouTuber extraordanaire. While his videos are certainly not exlusively Skeptic related, they certainly touch on a wide variety of Skeptic topics, especially with his "Five Stupid Things" series. Just beware, if you start watching, plan to be there for a while. He has a LOT of fun stuff.

In addition to his YouTube channel, you can check out his writing at www.SteveLikesToCurse.com.

Check out the trailer to his channel below!

Direct download: Meet_Steve_Shives.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 7:26 PM

Julia Galef has been on my "Must Interview" list for a while now. Not only is she the co-host of the Rationally Speaking podcast and a writer on Measure of Doubt Blog, but she is also the President and Co-founder of CFAR, the Center For Applied Rationality. Luckily, we had the chance to chat in front of a recording device at NECSS 2013. Enjoy!

Follow Julia on Twitter: @JuliaGalef

or check out her YouTube Channel: Measure of Doubt

Direct download: Meet_Julia_Galef.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 1:00 PM

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