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Latest Episodes

IIG Update and The Year in Skepticism

Join us for the last Skeptics in the Pub for 2011! Bob Blaskiewicz gives a talk about what's going on with the Atlanta Independent Investigations Group and Christian Walters present's Tim Farley's recap of the year in Skepticism. --- Released and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 United States license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ You are free to: Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work Remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution - You must attribute the work (but not in any way that suggests that the Atlanta Skeptics, the Speaker(s) nor AbruptMedia, LLC endorses you or your use of the work) to the Atlanta Skeptics (http://www.AtlantaSkeptics.com/), the Speaker(s) and AbruptMedia, LLC (http://www.AbruptMedia.com). Noncommercial - You may not use this work for commercial purposes. Share Alike - If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or simi...

70 MIN2011 DEC 18
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IIG Update and The Year in Skepticism

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Lee Dugatkin's Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose is a tale of both natural history and American history. What started out in the Revolutionary War era as an international dispute over natural history quickly took on important political overtones. The story revolves around three fascinating individuals. Thomas Jefferson, the French Count and world-renowned naturalist, George-Louis Leclerc Buffon, who claimed that all life in America was "degenerate," weak and feeble, and a very large, dead moose. While Jefferson is known to every schoolchild, the latter two, although lesser known, are equally important to the story. Their interactions lay at the heart of an amazing tale in which Jefferson obsessed over a very large, very dead moose that he believed could help quash early French arrogance toward a fledgling republic in America, and demonstrate that a young America was every bit the equal of a well-established Europe. Our Speaker Lee Alan Dugatkin is a Professor of Biology at the Unive...

76 MIN2011 NOV 20
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Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Allergies -- Yes, It Really is a Conspiracy!

Lisa Hammett has a M.S. in Microbology and has done research in Genetics and Forensic Biology and has taught Microbiology at community colleges. Lisa expands upon her allergies talk which she gave at Atlanta Skepticamp 2011. --- Released and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 United States license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ You are free to: Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work Remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution - You must attribute the work (but not in any way that suggests that the Atlanta Skeptics nor AbruptMedia, LLC endorses you or your use of the work) to the Atlanta Skeptics (http://www.AtlantaSkeptics.com/) and AbruptMedia, LLC (http://www.AbruptMedia.com). Noncommercial - You may not use this work for commercial purposes. Share Alike - If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

40 MIN2011 SEP 18
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Allergies -- Yes, It Really is a Conspiracy!

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its Implications

Jennifer Henning has a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and works for a consulting firm in the nuclear power industry. Her job is to design various process and mechanical systems in nuclear power plants, including cooling water and feedwater systems which feed the reactor vessel. Jennifer is going to help separate fact vs. speculation over what's been going on in Japan, discuss what the US nuclear industry response has been (as far as what actions the plants here are taking to make sure they are safe), and discuss the real implications of the different levels of radiation with regards to the Fukushima disaster. [ A PDF of Jennifer's presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0019.pdf The recording location was very noisy during this presentation and the audio quality has suffered. We apologize for the feedback and low quality of this recording. ]

53 MIN2011 MAY 15
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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its Implications

The Shakespeare Conspiracy

I wrote Shakespeare. I am a time-traveling alien who built Stonehenge, the pyramids and wrote the works commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. I also created the earth 6000 years ago and helped fake the moon landing. You can't prove that I didn't. Not all fringe theories are alike, but proponents of fringe theories tend to use similar reasoning (or lack thereof) to support their claims. Regardless of the specific fringe theory, the same logical fallacies will appear over and over again, as, for example, the attempt to shift the burden of proof. The argument that Francis Bacon/Christopher Marlowe/the Earl of Oxford/the Countess of Pembroke/Queen Elizabeth I/Batboy wrote Shakespeare thus has much in common with theories that suggest we never landed on the moon or that 9/11 was an inside job. Come for the strawman; stay for the red herring. [ A PDF of Eve's presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0018.pdf ]

44 MIN2011 MAR 20
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The Shakespeare Conspiracy

High Tech Snake Oil

Jonathan Strickland will be discussing gadgets and devices that are either based on pseudoscientific claims or are used incorrectly in pseudoscientific ways (like the ghost hunting tech). Jonathan is a senior writer and a blogger at HowStuffWorks.com, co-host of the popular TechStuff podcast and a technology enthusiast since his first computer: an Apple ][e. While fascinated by the technical aspects of computers and electronics, his main interest focuses on the social impact of technology. [ A PDF of Jonathan's slides is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0017.pdf ]

67 MIN2011 FEB 13
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High Tech Snake Oil

Nuclear Power: Is It Really Safe?

When you hear the term "nuclear power" what do you think? Chernobyl and Three Mile Island are probably the first two things that pop into your head. It's scary stuff. But how much does the average person actually know about nuclear power? How much do you know???Jennifer Henning has a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and works for a consulting firm in the nuclear power industry. Her job is to design various process and mechanical systems in nuclear power plants, including cooling water and feedwater systems which feed the reactor vessel. She will explain how a nuclear power plant works, compare nuclear to fossil fuel plants, explain how nuclear safety in the United States has changed as a result of Three Mile Island, weigh the pros and cons of nuclear power, and look at some of the new technology for future power plants.??[ A PDF of Jennifer Henning's slide presentation can be found at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0015.pdf ]

56 MIN2011 JAN 9
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Nuclear Power: Is It Really Safe?

JREF $1 Million Paranormal Challenge (Audio only)

Bart Farkas is the development officer for the James Randi Educational Foundation. He is also an author and is currently working (in conjunction with James Randi) on a book that deals with the 40 year history of the Million Dollar Challenge. Bart used to be a Registered Nurse and therefore has a strong interest in alternative medicine and medical quackery in general. Bart's talk discusses the 40-year history of the Million Dollar Challenge and then focuses on the challenges the JREF faces in administering the Million Dollar Challenge and shows some examples of some of the more bizarre applications. [ Editors Note: This is an audio-only podcast. A video version, including the presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0014.m4v A PDF file of Mr. Farkas' slides is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0014.pdf Some of the slides Mr. Farkas used during his presentation were not available for the podcast production and ...

57 MIN2010 NOV 21
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JREF $1 Million Paranormal Challenge (Audio only)

Basic Concepts in Information Security

Information Security has seen more media attention than ever in the last couple of years. Stories hit regularly about identity theft, the latest virus or the most recent company to have hundreds of thousands of accounts compromised. The methods employed to create the problems are usually technically deep and not easily summarized in the articles. In this discussion, we will strip away the technical layers and attempt to look at the basic concepts. They are actually pretty basic and you probably instinctively identify them when you see them already. Nate has worked in Information Technology for 14 years. The last seven of which have been spent helping companies implement enterprise software by advising them on what infrastructure to build and how to secure it. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance. He currently holds multiple IT and security certifications including being a Certified ...

68 MIN2010 OCT 17
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Basic Concepts in Information Security

Hug me, I'm Vaccinated!

Dr. William Atkinson is a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked for CDC for 23 years, with most of this time spent in immunization-related activities. His current principle responsibility is the development of technical and training materials for immunization providers - he teaches doctors and nurses how and when to give vaccines.??He practiced his skepticism in solitude for more than 20 years. This all changed after a chance encounter with Maria Walters at his first Amazing Meeting in July 2010.??Bill will be discussing the "Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated" promotion - how and why it started, and it's first big project: a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination clinic at Dragon*Con 2010. Come see Angels and Enchanters (and Maria and DJ and Matt and a host of others) get protected from pertussis!??[ Slides of Dr. Atkinson's presentation are available at http:/...

48 MIN2010 SEP 19
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Hug me, I'm Vaccinated!

Latest Episodes

IIG Update and The Year in Skepticism

Join us for the last Skeptics in the Pub for 2011! Bob Blaskiewicz gives a talk about what's going on with the Atlanta Independent Investigations Group and Christian Walters present's Tim Farley's recap of the year in Skepticism. --- Released and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 United States license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ You are free to: Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work Remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution - You must attribute the work (but not in any way that suggests that the Atlanta Skeptics, the Speaker(s) nor AbruptMedia, LLC endorses you or your use of the work) to the Atlanta Skeptics (http://www.AtlantaSkeptics.com/), the Speaker(s) and AbruptMedia, LLC (http://www.AbruptMedia.com). Noncommercial - You may not use this work for commercial purposes. Share Alike - If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or simi...

70 MIN2011 DEC 18
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IIG Update and The Year in Skepticism

Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Lee Dugatkin's Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose is a tale of both natural history and American history. What started out in the Revolutionary War era as an international dispute over natural history quickly took on important political overtones. The story revolves around three fascinating individuals. Thomas Jefferson, the French Count and world-renowned naturalist, George-Louis Leclerc Buffon, who claimed that all life in America was "degenerate," weak and feeble, and a very large, dead moose. While Jefferson is known to every schoolchild, the latter two, although lesser known, are equally important to the story. Their interactions lay at the heart of an amazing tale in which Jefferson obsessed over a very large, very dead moose that he believed could help quash early French arrogance toward a fledgling republic in America, and demonstrate that a young America was every bit the equal of a well-established Europe. Our Speaker Lee Alan Dugatkin is a Professor of Biology at the Unive...

76 MIN2011 NOV 20
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Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose

Allergies -- Yes, It Really is a Conspiracy!

Lisa Hammett has a M.S. in Microbology and has done research in Genetics and Forensic Biology and has taught Microbiology at community colleges. Lisa expands upon her allergies talk which she gave at Atlanta Skepticamp 2011. --- Released and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 United States license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ You are free to: Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work Remix - to adapt the work Under the following conditions: Attribution - You must attribute the work (but not in any way that suggests that the Atlanta Skeptics nor AbruptMedia, LLC endorses you or your use of the work) to the Atlanta Skeptics (http://www.AtlantaSkeptics.com/) and AbruptMedia, LLC (http://www.AbruptMedia.com). Noncommercial - You may not use this work for commercial purposes. Share Alike - If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

40 MIN2011 SEP 18
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Allergies -- Yes, It Really is a Conspiracy!

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its Implications

Jennifer Henning has a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and works for a consulting firm in the nuclear power industry. Her job is to design various process and mechanical systems in nuclear power plants, including cooling water and feedwater systems which feed the reactor vessel. Jennifer is going to help separate fact vs. speculation over what's been going on in Japan, discuss what the US nuclear industry response has been (as far as what actions the plants here are taking to make sure they are safe), and discuss the real implications of the different levels of radiation with regards to the Fukushima disaster. [ A PDF of Jennifer's presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0019.pdf The recording location was very noisy during this presentation and the audio quality has suffered. We apologize for the feedback and low quality of this recording. ]

53 MIN2011 MAY 15
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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and its Implications

The Shakespeare Conspiracy

I wrote Shakespeare. I am a time-traveling alien who built Stonehenge, the pyramids and wrote the works commonly attributed to William Shakespeare. I also created the earth 6000 years ago and helped fake the moon landing. You can't prove that I didn't. Not all fringe theories are alike, but proponents of fringe theories tend to use similar reasoning (or lack thereof) to support their claims. Regardless of the specific fringe theory, the same logical fallacies will appear over and over again, as, for example, the attempt to shift the burden of proof. The argument that Francis Bacon/Christopher Marlowe/the Earl of Oxford/the Countess of Pembroke/Queen Elizabeth I/Batboy wrote Shakespeare thus has much in common with theories that suggest we never landed on the moon or that 9/11 was an inside job. Come for the strawman; stay for the red herring. [ A PDF of Eve's presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0018.pdf ]

44 MIN2011 MAR 20
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The Shakespeare Conspiracy

High Tech Snake Oil

Jonathan Strickland will be discussing gadgets and devices that are either based on pseudoscientific claims or are used incorrectly in pseudoscientific ways (like the ghost hunting tech). Jonathan is a senior writer and a blogger at HowStuffWorks.com, co-host of the popular TechStuff podcast and a technology enthusiast since his first computer: an Apple ][e. While fascinated by the technical aspects of computers and electronics, his main interest focuses on the social impact of technology. [ A PDF of Jonathan's slides is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0017.pdf ]

67 MIN2011 FEB 13
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High Tech Snake Oil

Nuclear Power: Is It Really Safe?

When you hear the term "nuclear power" what do you think? Chernobyl and Three Mile Island are probably the first two things that pop into your head. It's scary stuff. But how much does the average person actually know about nuclear power? How much do you know???Jennifer Henning has a BSE in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and works for a consulting firm in the nuclear power industry. Her job is to design various process and mechanical systems in nuclear power plants, including cooling water and feedwater systems which feed the reactor vessel. She will explain how a nuclear power plant works, compare nuclear to fossil fuel plants, explain how nuclear safety in the United States has changed as a result of Three Mile Island, weigh the pros and cons of nuclear power, and look at some of the new technology for future power plants.??[ A PDF of Jennifer Henning's slide presentation can be found at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0015.pdf ]

56 MIN2011 JAN 9
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Nuclear Power: Is It Really Safe?

JREF $1 Million Paranormal Challenge (Audio only)

Bart Farkas is the development officer for the James Randi Educational Foundation. He is also an author and is currently working (in conjunction with James Randi) on a book that deals with the 40 year history of the Million Dollar Challenge. Bart used to be a Registered Nurse and therefore has a strong interest in alternative medicine and medical quackery in general. Bart's talk discusses the 40-year history of the Million Dollar Challenge and then focuses on the challenges the JREF faces in administering the Million Dollar Challenge and shows some examples of some of the more bizarre applications. [ Editors Note: This is an audio-only podcast. A video version, including the presentation is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0014.m4v A PDF file of Mr. Farkas' slides is available at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/AtlantaSkeptics/asitp-0014.pdf Some of the slides Mr. Farkas used during his presentation were not available for the podcast production and ...

57 MIN2010 NOV 21
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JREF $1 Million Paranormal Challenge (Audio only)

Basic Concepts in Information Security

Information Security has seen more media attention than ever in the last couple of years. Stories hit regularly about identity theft, the latest virus or the most recent company to have hundreds of thousands of accounts compromised. The methods employed to create the problems are usually technically deep and not easily summarized in the articles. In this discussion, we will strip away the technical layers and attempt to look at the basic concepts. They are actually pretty basic and you probably instinctively identify them when you see them already. Nate has worked in Information Technology for 14 years. The last seven of which have been spent helping companies implement enterprise software by advising them on what infrastructure to build and how to secure it. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance. He currently holds multiple IT and security certifications including being a Certified ...

68 MIN2010 OCT 17
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Basic Concepts in Information Security

Hug me, I'm Vaccinated!

Dr. William Atkinson is a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked for CDC for 23 years, with most of this time spent in immunization-related activities. His current principle responsibility is the development of technical and training materials for immunization providers - he teaches doctors and nurses how and when to give vaccines.??He practiced his skepticism in solitude for more than 20 years. This all changed after a chance encounter with Maria Walters at his first Amazing Meeting in July 2010.??Bill will be discussing the "Hug Me, I'm Vaccinated" promotion - how and why it started, and it's first big project: a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination clinic at Dragon*Con 2010. Come see Angels and Enchanters (and Maria and DJ and Matt and a host of others) get protected from pertussis!??[ Slides of Dr. Atkinson's presentation are available at http:/...

48 MIN2010 SEP 19
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Hug me, I'm Vaccinated!
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