Meet The Skeptics!
MTS: Meet Jim Underdown

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: 10:40am EST

MTS: Meet Todd Robbins

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: 12:07pm EST

MTS: Meet John Allen Paulos

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: 3:16pm EST

MTS: Meet Karen Strachan

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: 1:00am EST

MTS: Meet Simon Singh

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: 11:14am EST

MTS: Meet Steve Shives

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: 3:26pm EST

MTS: Meet Julia Galef

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: 9:00am EST

MTS: Meet Brian Wecht

I met Brian in 2012 at NECSS in New York City. He had co-hosted a special "Story Collider" event that ran in conjunction with the NECSS conference. I have been an ardent fan of Story Collider ever since. When I heard that Brian was also participating in NECSS 2013, I knew I wanted to sit down and interview him. 

Not only is Brian Wecht a particle physicist and co-host of Story Collider, but he also has an extensive background in music and comedy. You can find him (covered in a Ninja mask) at YouTube as 1/2 of the Ninja Sex Party. With a little trepidation, I have posted one of the videos below. Definitely NSFW! You've been warned.

You can also follow Brian on Twitter at: @bwecht

Direct download: Meet_Brian_Wecht.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 9:20am EST

MTS: Meet Jarrett and Wendy!

I have always been a numbers guy and I have always enjoyed learning about how seemingly impossible coincidences probably happen all the time, often never being noticed. Jarrett Lennon Kaufman and Wendy Hughes have picked up on this aspect of critical thinking by producing a "podlet" section of the Skepticality Podcast as well as their own website, "The Odds Must Be Crazy."

Wendy and Jarrett are also very active with Independent Investigations Group, and we talked about some fascinating investigations they have helped out with. Make sure to check out their website, www.TheOddsMustBeCrazy.com and follow both of them on twitter!

Jarrett: @TurboFool

Wendy: @Wendy91602 

Check out Jarrett as "Timmy" on the Mr. Deity episode below!

Direct download: Meet_Jarrett_and_Wendy.mp3
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 9:06am EST

MTS: Meet Trent Brusky

Trent Brusky is a young man who recently reached out to me with an offer to help out with music on my show. I was intrigued that he was doing exactly what I have tried to recommend for years. He is putting his talents to use to help with critical thinking and Skepticism.

You can check out Trent's website at http://www.dropfoxsound.org/. I wanted to get him on the show in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Enjoy!

Direct download: Meet_Trent_Brusky.m4a
Category:Science and Skepticism -- posted at: 3:50pm EST