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#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.

Other Topics:

Attendees

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

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  1. April 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    For the first time ever I had to kick someone off the video chat. This was the second time this person was on the chat and although he wasn’t really disruptive, his behavior seemed to suggest extreme attention seeking. Although others in the group were relieved that I did this, I’m still not sure I did the right thing. On the one hand it seemed like a distraction and a disservice to the discussion group to let him play around with his camera, trying to get attention while we talked, but on the other he did describe himself as newly discovered skeptic and even showed up knowing about the guest and prepared to talk.

  2. Adam Bourque
    April 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I understand your feelings. I’m really not sure that he was even paying attention most of the time. Granted he may have had the audio going through speakers while he was playing with his camera/shoes/chair/phone and I forget what else. If he was on the level and was actually paying attention while “fidgeting”, a simple explanation on his part would be sufficient.

    But when you add to the fact that he was flirting with 16 year old girl plus being a distraction, I would agree with your banning.

  3. April 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Ah, well since you’ve now published to the world one of my off-hand opinionated comments – he’s most definitely never coming back.

  4. podblack
    April 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Gah, that’s not pleasant. :/ I REALLY have to make an effort to attend – the last time it was ‘just too tired’ and then internet was down all morning. :/

  5. Adam Bourque
    April 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My opinions! Mine! Mine mine! All mine! lol

    (The opinions posted in this comment are the posters and are not necessarily the opinions of the site, Brian, or Adam for that matter. He reserves the right to deny and outright laugh in the face of anyone claiming he wrote them.)

  6. April 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    On another note, even though there were a few lockups (on my end),a few moments of garbled audio (only for Desiree for some reason), and a little bit of echo (I think Michael didn’t have headphones), there was very little delay and for the most part the chat was stable. So my optimistic confirmation bias says tokbox is improving!

  7. April 25, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I had a great time, Brian. Thanks very much for having me. =)

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