- Derek & Swoopy of Skepticality for all their hard work in making the Skeptics Track and the Podcasting Track so successful.
- Mark Distler of Abrupt Media for providing sound and video service at the Con.
- All the other cohorts, minions, sycophants and volunteers who helped make it happen.
- Atlanta Skeptics for pulling off a fantastic Star Party at the Agnes Scott College Bradley Observatory.
Also mentioned in our Dragon*Con discussion:
- The Joe Nickell Files – John Snider’s series of interviews with the world-famous skeptical investigator, published at SciFiDimensions.com in 2000-2001.
- Surly Amy – An artist whose “Surly-Ramics” handmade ceramic jewelry has themes that will appeal to skeptics and science buffs.
- Center for Chemical Evolution -A research project which seeks “to understand and demonstrate the chemical origins of the first RNA-like polymers.”
NOVA: Mystery of the Megavolcano – David recommends this PBS documentary that shows how scientists, working independently and across multiple disciplines, can arrive at corroborating conclusions about the timing of geological events.Â In this case, the fact that science has proven a megavolcanic eruption 75,000 years ago probably won’t impress fundamentalists who still insist that the earth is only 6,000 years old.
Scandal at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church – This story flew under the mainstream media’s radar back in July, but its twists and turns would make the most shameless soap opera pale in comparison.Â David Molina is suing Lakewood after discovering that two of the pastors who counseled him and his wife knew that she was having an affair with a third pastor, who also counseled the couple–and was himself the person having the affair with Mrs. Molina!Â We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
Feedback – We read several listener responses to episode #63 “Efficacy of Prayer.”
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