Meet The Skeptics!

Daniel Loxton is an artist, writer, editor, and former shepherd. He grew up on the idyllic Vancouver Island and was once a strong believer in many Pseudo scientific things such as cryptozoology. Today, he puts his considerable talents to use as an artist and editor for Junior Skeptic magazine and as an author of the children's book:

Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be

Daniel and I talked about his past, current projects, and the various things he has planned for the future. Especially keep an eye out for his series of children's books! In particular, a book on Dinosaurs will be released on September 1, 2011.

Skeptic Magazine

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Jennifer Michael Hecht was a bit of a welcome diversion from my normal guest. We Skeptics are often accused (sometimes rightfully so) of being overly literal and scientific. Jennifer Michael Hecht draws on history and poetry to discuss and present ideas about ethics, culture, and morality. Some of her books include:

Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson

Funny (Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry)

The Next Ancient World

The Happiness Myth: The Historical Antidote to What Isn't Working Today

From her website: "Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of three history books and two volumes of poetry and she is currently serving as one of the five judges for the Nonfiction category of the 2010 National Book Award.  Her bestseller Doubt: A History demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt.  Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”  Her most recent book, The Happiness Myth brings a skeptical eye to modern wisdom about the good life.  Hecht’s poetry books are The Next Ancient World which won three national poetry awards, and Funny which Publisher’s Weekly called “one of the most original and entertaining books of the year.”  Her prose and poetry appear in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.  Hecht earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches in the MFA program of Columbia University and The Graduate Writing Program of The New School University."

http://www.jennifermichaelhecht.com

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Kylie Sturgess came to my attention a while back as one of the many Australian skeptical activists who is out there beating the drum of rational thinking about as consistently as anybody. Kylie runs her own website, podcast, and blog all while somehow finding time to actually live her life.

She is an active skeptic and holds qualifications in Philosophy, Education and the measurement of paranormal belief. A teacher with over ten years experience in the field, Kylie has lectured on teaching critical thinking, feminism, new media and anomalistic beliefs worldwide.

If you are at any Skeptical conferences anywhere in the world, there's a good chance Kylie's there too. Make sure to say hello!

www.Podblack.com

http://tokenskeptic.org/

@podblack on Twitter.

Direct download: Meet_Kylie_Sturgess.m4a
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Having been a fan of Skepticality, I knew I wanted to get both Derek and Swoopy as guests at one time or another. For no logical reason, I simply asked Derek first and he gladly obliged. An interview with Swoopy is in the works (at the time of this publication) and you should see it pretty soon. For any of you who don't know, Skepticality was one of the first Skeptical podcasts out there and it set the bar pretty high in terms of quality production and entertaining. We have all been struggling to catch up ever since they set the standard.

 

To put it in scientific, technical terminology, Derek’s a bright cookie. We was at the forefront of the podcasting movement (pre-dating Steve Jobs and iTunes’ participation). He helps organize Dragon*Con, the annual Mardis Gras for self proclaimed science geeks. He hosts Skepticality with partner “Swoopy,” and he basically keeps the rest of us on our toes with keen insight and a no-holds-barred attitude toward spreading reason and scientific thinking.

 

In this interview we talked about Derek's stroke a few years back, Skepticality, Dragon Con, and several other things. Enjoy!

 

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Direct download: Meet_Derek_Colanduno.m4a
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Richard Saunders is the host and producer of the weekly The Skeptic Zone podcast

Podcaster, Vodcaster and TV Skeptic as seen on'THE ONE', Richard is also Vice President of Australian Skeptics NSW. In his free time (free time?) he is also part of the Mystery Investigators show for schools.

Richard is also an origami expert and author of 30 books for children. He travels often to the USA to speak at conventions and meetings.

Richard founded Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. Details here.

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Direct download: MTS-Meet_Richard_Saunders.m4a
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Tim Farley hosts the website www.whatstheharm.net. He's well known in skeptical circles both for this website and for his regular daily updates on Skeptic History.

You can hear Tim's updates on The Skepticality podcast, or follow him on Twitter @Krelnik.

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Travis Roy is the founder and President of Granite State Skeptics. He is possibly one of the most active organizers, having travelled all the way to Australia for TAM Oz to give a workshop on Grassroots Skepticism. 

Most recently, Travis was named as an official member of the Skeptic Zone! He has some great stories of his work putting together Granite State Skeptics, some good advice for other local organizers, and some funny and interesting stories, one involving an irate mall kiosk salesman.

Enjoy!

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David Orr is a science blogger who piqued my interest with his blog “Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs.” I’ve always been a fan of dinosaurs, even having a pretty impressive collection of dinosaur models as a kid. Now, my own sons have taken a similar interest, so I relished the opportunity to speak with David and find out more about where modern science has come as it pertains to these prehistoric beasts.

 

David and I met on the Skeptalk Mailing list. Turns out, there are quite a few cool folks hanging out and debating with vigor over the various topics of the day.

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