Special Guest: Ben Radford Mar 25th, 9pm EST
This coming Friday, March 25th at 9pm, we will be welcoming the return of Ben Radford. This marks the first encore appearance of a special guest on VirtualDS. This also marks the first formal video chat on the new service, so we definitely won’t have an encore of the horrible failure by “the video chat service that shall not be named” to meet minimum expectations.
Benjamin Radford is managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written hundreds of articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and science literacy.
He is author of six books: Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with Bob Bartholomew); Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us; Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures (with Joe Nickell); Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries; Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (out in 2011 from the University of New Mexico Press); and The Sky Is Falling! A Colorful History of Media Panics (with Bob Bartholomew, out in 2011).
Radford is a regular columnist for LiveScience.com, Discovery News, and Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Radford createdPlaying Gods: The Board Game of Divine Domination, the world’s first satirical board game of religious warfare. He is also a filmmaker, and released two short films: Clicker Clatter (2007), and Sirens (2009).
Radford is one of the world’s few science-based paranormal investigators, and has done first-hand research into mysterious phenomena including psychics, ghosts and haunted houses; exorcisms, miracles, Bigfoot, stigmata, lake monsters, UFO sightings, reincarnation, and crop circles, and many other topics. He is perhaps best known for solving the mysteries of the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost in 2007, and the Hispanic vampire el chupacabra in 2010.
Radford has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Learning Channel, CBC, CBS, BBC, CNN, and other networks with three letters. He also served as a consultant for the MTV series The Big Urban Myth Show and an episode of the CBS crime drama CSI. Radford has appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Ladies’ Home Journal.
IMPORTANT: This chat will NOT be on Tokbox, it will be on Adobe Connect. Since this will be our first attempt at using this service for a formal chat (we have done testing), there most definitely will be issues. We’ll do our best to work through them as we go. Joining the chat is very much like the old service, just follow the below link at the time of the chat to join in, your browser and adobe flash should do most of the work. (Although you might want to check out the “Joining the chat” page for instructions on how to test your setup before hand, instructional videos, and other tips)
Follow this link to join the chat:
Add this event to your calendar so you don’t miss a very interesting evening!