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Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics. Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins. Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.


Daniel Loxton: Bigfoot, Nessie and Other Kinds of “Abominable Science”

March 3rd, 2014

Episode 407 of 537 episodes

This week Point of Inquiry welcomes Daniel Loxton, longtime Editor ofJunior Skeptic, the 10-page kids' science section bound within Skeptic magazine, author and illustrator of the national award-winning kids' science bookEvolution: How We and All Living Beings Came to Be, and a series of illustrated books subtitledTales of Prehistoric Life.Loxton has published two major essays on skeptical activism; "Where Do We Go From Here?"in 2007, dealing with the focus and direction of the new generation of skepticism, and which helped to inspire theSkeptiCampcommunity organized conferences onscientific skepticism; and "What Do I Do Next?"in 2009, providing ideas and suggestions for individual involvement in the skepticism movement. Recently, Loxton, along with co-author Donald R. Prothero, has written an entertaining, educational and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments both for and against their existence.Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptidssystematically challenges the pseudoscience that perpetuates these myths, and examines the nature of the science and pseudoscience within cryptozoology.