Stikkord: Michael Shermer

Religion/overtro Skepsis Vitenskap

Fra Skepchick. Mine svar er i kursiv.

1. Do you have a beard?

A: Yes, a full beard
B: Yes, a goatee or other small beard
C: No, but I used to have one
D: No, I have never had a beard

2. Do you think Phil Plait is hot?

A: Yes (I am a man)
B: Yes (I am a woman)
C: No (I am a man)
D: No (I am a woman)

3. Your colleague forwards an email that looks like an urban legend. Do you

A: Immediately check it on Snopes then hit ‘Reply To All’ with the link and a witty but biting comment?
B: Check it on Snopes and reply only to the colleague?
C: Google it for your own curiosity but say nothing.
D: Forward it to everyone you know with the comment “OMG!!! SCARY!!”.

4. Which of these books is your ideal holiday read?

A: Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World
B: Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
C: Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People
D: Sylvia Browne’s Contacting Your Spirit Guide

5. Have you met Michael Shermer?

A: I am Michael Shermer
B: Yes I have met Michael Shermer
C: No I have not met Michael Shermer
D: Who is Michael Shermer?

6. Your friends regard you as

A: A know-it-all cynic who always bangs on about evidence and logical fallacies
B: A smartypants who likes to know the facts before deciding
C: A knowledgeable person who keeps their opinions to themselves until appropriate
D: Friends?

7. You are lying in bed and you feel an eerie chill. Do you

A: Call a glazier
B: Call the dog
C: Call a TV crew
D: Call your agent

8. You meet a man who claims he can speak to your dead relatives. Do you

A: arrange a double-blind test, an application to the Million Dollar Challenge, and close examination by Richard Wiseman
B: arrange a quick trip to the nearest shrink
C: arrange his face into a bloodier one
D: arrange a six-figure book deal with you as co-author

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The Power of Belief was a ABC News Special aired on October 6, 1998, hosted by John Stossel. Stossel examines popular claims of therapeutic touch, psychic detectives, faith healing voodoo curses, channelling, and the media’s lack of inquiry into pseudoscience.

Includes appearances with Michael Shermer, James Randi, David Willey, JZ Knight, Susan Miller, John Monti, Ava Kay Jones, and Elmer Glover.

The episode contains video of the «world’s longest firewalk» which included Stossel and Willey taking part.

Robert Todd Carroll called it «a very good survey of popular culture’s fascination» with the paranormal. James Randi wrote «ABC-TV, in my opinion, did a really excellent job» with the show.

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