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Skepticality:The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

News & Politics, Science & Medicine, Natural Sciences, Society & Culture

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We're tired of pertinent social and science news being buried by clap trap. Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view. Derek and Swoopy are your hosts, filling your pod and your brain with skeptical insight and conversation, sometimes heated, on a plethora of topics that are ripe for critical examination. Bringing truth to podcasting, and all who choose to listen. In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise. Our interview shows feature notable skeptics including; leading astronomy speakers, scientists, philosophy experts, and other scientific, secular, humanist, and skeptical book authors, and critical thinkers.

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Skepticality #084 - What's The Harm? - Interview: Tim Farley

August 27th, 2008

Episode 102 of 299 episodes

Misinformation is everywhere, but nowhere more prolific than on the internet. A Google search for "homeopathy" or "UFO" returns a landslide list ofmystery-mongering websites. Yes, there are a few skeptical web resources too —but a non-skeptic can be easily misled online. On this episode,Derek & Swoopy talk with Tim Farley, askeptic applying his 20-plus years ofsoftware development experience to the creation of advanced tools and techniques for fighting the battle against misinformation on the World WideWeb. Tim's popular websites include the Skeptical Software Tools blog"Skeptools" (which uses Web 2.0 techniques to aid the spread of criticalthinking information online), and WhatsTheHarm.net, which has collected thestories of over 225,000 people who have been injured or killed as a resultof supernatural andpseudoscientificpractices from alternative medicine to hypnosis to faith healing.

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