Meet The Skeptics!
MTS: Meet Ashley Paramore

Ashley Paramore is one of those people that you can't help notice popping up all around in various places in the Skeptiverse. She is the Development Director for the Secular Student Alliance and seemingly attends every conference remotely connected to Science, Skepticism and Atheism.

Ashley assists students in setting up groups to promote critical thinking and secular/humanistic values in a non-religious setting. She travels to conferences to network and expand the impact of the SSA, making more opportunities available to students both in college and high school.

Ashley's YouTube Channel

Secular Student Alliance

Twitter: @Healthyaddict

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MTS: Meet Mark Edward

Mark Edward is a unique interviewee. While his Skeptical credentials aren't at all in question, he actually works and has worked as a "Psychic Entertainer." To be sure, Mark is a highly skilled mentalist, but in our talk he made some very clear distinctions between the skills of a good Mentalist versus the skills of a "Psychic." Mark pulls back the mask to show how psychics operate and explains clearly just why people walk away with the impression that "he knew stuff that he never could have known."

Check out Mark's website at www.TheMarkEdward.com and look for his new book "Psychic Blues - Confessions From a Happy Medium."


Direct download: Meet_Mark_Edward.m4a
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MTS: Meet Andrew Mayne

Magician, Skeptic, Author, Inventor, and lover of all things weird, Andrew Mayne is an interesting guy to chat with to say the least. He has published a large number of magic books, but more recently has delved into the world of fiction with The Grendel's Shadow and Public Enemy Zero.

Andrew worked at the JREF for several years, specifically involved with The Million Dollar Challenge. Now he splits his time between writing, recording the "Weird Things" podcast, inventing new magic tricks, and taking on the occasional stint performing live magic shows. Make sure to check him out at:

www.AndrewMayne.com

or follow Andrew on Twitter at @AndrewMayne

Direct download: Meet_Andrew_Mayne.m4a
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MTS: Meet John Rennie

When you meet John Rennie in person, you quickly realize that he's pretty much the same guy that his writing would indicate. He has a unique ability that was no doubt honed to a razor sharp edge during his 2 decades at Scientific American Magazine, 15 as Editor in Chief. John has a special way of explaining science in an easy to understand fashion while avoiding any appearances of condescension.

We talked about his years at Scientific American, his newer role as blogger, ways in which science education can be improved, what books he's reading, his stint as a Guest Rogue on SGU and so much more.

You can follow John on Twitter at @tvjrennie.

John's Website: http://johnrennie.net/

The Gleaming Retort Blog

Recommended Reading:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Direct download: Meet_John_Rennie.m4a
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Milton Mermikides started his life with a love for science as only a young child, being distinctly lucky to be born to a Particle Physicist father. While he was keenly interested in science himself, he was gradually diverted by his love for music which he embraced fully. He even composed the intro music for this podcast.

A few years back Milton came down with Leukemia and wrote about his ordeal. The essay won him a scholarship to TAM London and put him on the map within Skeptical circles. That essay can be found at the link below.

A Life Examined

Visit Milton online at www.MiltonMermikides.com

Direct download: Meet_Milton_Mermikides.m4a
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