#26 – Introducing #SpecialKO
I’d like to thank my good friend K.O. Myers for committing his time to come hang out with us on the video chat. I know he made special arrangements in order to make it happen, and I want him to know that I really appreciated it. When I finally do meet him in person, I will definitely buy him the tastey beverage of his choice.
This Week’s Discussion Topics:
K.O. Myers – Although somehow I didn’t get around to asking him half of the questions that I intended to, we did grill him on Lawyering (a little), Grassroots Skeptics, his upcoming TAM8 workshop, and any new projects that are being worked on (apparently he and Desiree Schell of Skeptically Speaking are working on a very cool super-secret project).
“The Big Discussion” – This week’s big discussion was “How do you do skepticism ‘right’?” and was born out of yesterday’s Grassroots Skeptics post by K.O. Myers, “Organized Skepticism: Process And Progress” and the many discussions, debates, and arguments over the last few months about who’s doing what within “the skeptic community”, how they are doing it, and whether or not that is “good for the community” or “good for the cause”.
Some interesting points covered in the discussion – There is a difference between “skepticism” with a little ‘s’ (a method of determining truth related to rationality, critical thinking, and science) and “Skepticism” with a big ‘S’ (a community with a somewhat common outlook and a desire for social change). There are varying opinions of different outreach methods (Some examples: The deliberately offensive tone of some bloggers vs. a more “accommodating” tone, whether “tone” is important at all, selling science/skepticism with sex, etc.) and a general lack of studies/surveys on what approaches are working, why they work (or not), and how well they work.
- Bad Astronomer “Super Secret Project” Drinking Game
- ESP Study Suggests Lack of Trust in Science
- Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments
- Adam and Christine are working on a “Skeptical Primer” – looking forward to reading this.
- Awesome Solar Dynamics Observatory pictures of the sun
- Look! It’s Nicole Gugliucci (@NoisyAstronomer) on Discovery Blog!
- Ben Folds and the Piano Chat Roulette Youtube guy
Brian Gregory (@briandgregory), K.O. Myers (@GRSkeptics), Adam Bourque (@A_Damn_Bourque), Christine Jenkins-Bourque, Desiree Schell (@teh_skeptic), Heidi Anderson (@heidianderson), Nicole Gugliucci (@NoisyAstronomer), Sharon Hill (@IDoubtIt), Michael Cornett (@Vagrarian), Rick Gibson (@ricklesgibson), Loop Duplicate