This episode, Sharon and Torkel discuss several recent news events and how they reflect on social views of science and credible sources.
First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces.
The media reporting (taken from information directly from the US State Department) about a “Sonic Weapon Attack” is highly doubtful. We discuss why the evidence is lacking in reports about a health attack on US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and why it more likely fits with various causes including mass psychogenic illness.
- NY Times early report
- Washington Post early report
- CNN picks up and runs with the “sonic attack” line
- Gizmodo reveals major problems and experts’ skepticism
- CBS News claims to see medical records, but they aren’t exactly supporting the dramatic theory.
Anti-vaxxers in Minnesota push their dangerous agenda while health officials pursue an effective coalition.
- Fans of discredited doctor, Wakefield, promote anti vaccination message
- Imams promote vaccination for community
- Coalition Building for the Skeptical Activist: Workshop at The Amazing Meeting 2012 with D. Silverman, D, Niose, C. Stedman and B. Mervine.
Whataboutism is an effective rhetorical device to divert conversation in order to avoid dealing with real issues.
The upcoming movie ‘Winchester’ will be about Sarah and her strange house. Will it make her out to be a haunted eccentric widow that she likely wasn’t? Or will it show her as the intelligent, creative person she was and expose the cultural issues that created the myth?
- Recommended book: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
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