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SKEPTIC 26.3: UFOs & UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena)

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Here’s what you’ll find in Skeptic Magazine 26.3 (2021): U.S. Government Says UFOs are “Real”: An Analysis of the 60 Minutes Investigation • Are UFOs and UAPs Ordinary, Extraordinary Terrestrial, or Extraordinary Extraterrestrial Phenomena? • Anti-Vaccination in the Age of COVID-19 • 5G Conspiracy Theories & Other Popular Delusions • The Paradox of Free Will • Plausible Sociocultural Explanation for the Persistence and Universality of Gender Inequality Over Thousands of Years • How Science Works (and Why Pseudoscience Fails) • Pandemic Politics: How 2020 Impacted Americans’ Social and Political Attitudes • Thought Experiments: What Good Are They, Anyway? • Expert Bullshit Detection…

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IN MEMORIAM: PAT LINSE (1947–2021)

Tributes to Skeptic’s Co-Founder & Art Director

In Memoriam: Pat Linse (1947-2021)

It is with much sadness that we say good-bye to our dear friend and Co-Founder of the Skeptics Society and Art Director of Skeptic magazine: the indefatigable and extraordinary, Pat Linse, who passed away in her home on July 24, 2021. This issue contains a special section of collected tributes to Pat Linse by: Michael Shermer, Daniel Loxton, Donald Prothero, Brian Dalton, Harriet Hall, Ralph Lewis, Carol Tavris, Tim Callahan, Kevin McCaffree, James Gurney, and Bill Nye.

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EPISODE # 207

John Petrocelli — The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit

Bullshit is the foundation of contaminated thinking and bad decisions that leads to health consequences, financial losses, legal consequences, broken relationships, and wasted time and resources. No matter how smart we believe ourselves to be, we’re all susceptible to bullshit — and we all engage in it. While we may brush it off as harmless marketing sales speak or as humorous, embellished claims, it’s actually much more dangerous and insidious. It’s how Bernie Madoff successfully swindled billions of dollars from even the most experienced financial experts with his Ponzi scheme. In episode # 207, Michael Shermer speaks with experimental social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, John Petrocelli about his research that examines the causes and consequences of bullshit and bullshitting in the way of better understanding and improving bullshit detection and disposal. Petrocelli provides invaluable strategies not only to recognize and protect yourself from everyday bullshit, but to accept your own lack of knowledge about subjects and avoid engaging in bullshit just for societal conformity.

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