Skepticality:The Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

Official Podcast of Skeptic Magazine

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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.


Skepticality #085 - Why Magic is Important - Panel Discussion with James Randi and D.J. Grothe

September 9th, 2008

Episode 103 of 297 episodes

The hosts of Skepticality are recovering from their spectacularlysuccessful "Skeptrack" events at Dragon*Con 2008: four days of livelydiscussion featuring guests from some of the most prominent skepticalorganizations around the world. Included were James Randi and Dr. Phil Plaitfrom the JREF, Dr. Michael Shermer of the Skeptics Society, BenjaminRadford and D.J. Grothe from the Center for Inquiry, and Richard Saunders andcrew from the Australian Skeptics—to name only a few. For those who participated in this groundbreaking weekend, we look forwardto hearing your stories. For those who could not attend,Skepticalitybrings you the first of several recordings from last week's paneldiscussions, beginning with James Randi and D.J. Grothe discussing "Why Magicis Important to Skepticism." This in-depth discussion of the entwined histories of magic andskepticism reveals how creating illusions can illuminate the truth.

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