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A sharp-eyed view of questionable claims. Evidence-based critique of news of the paranormal, pseudoscience, health claims, and anomalies. Official Podcast of Doubtful News.

15 Credibility Street Sharon Hill

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A sharp-eyed view of questionable claims. Evidence-based critique of news of the paranormal, pseudoscience, health claims, and anomalies. Official Podcast of Doubtful News.

    44: Shedding an old skin

    44: Shedding an old skin

    Sharon and Torkel discuss following recent news stories:

    The Thai cave rescue was a success for science and engineering. For more go to https://spookygeology.com/thirteen-trapped-in-thailand-flooded-cave/

    Polish police are searching for the answer to how a 5-meter long python snake skin ended up along a river in Poland.

    http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/polen-sucht-den-tigerpython-an-der-weichsel-a-1217883.html
    https://polandinenglish.info/38026989/writhing-terror-the-hunt-continues
    It sounds like Wessie
    https://doubtfulnews.com/2016/08/big-snake-loose-in-maine-or-is-wessie-a-hoax/

    A surprise was uncovered in Alexandria, Egypt - a large sarcophagus found still intact after 2000 years. Who's burial site was it?
    https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-mystery-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt-alexandria

    A Nigerian healer is killed testing his 'bullet-proof' charm.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44724700

    There's a new UFO movie on the way starring Gillian Anderson and featuring the Chicago O'Hare UFO report from 2006. We say it looks bad but check out the trailer and see what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxUcHrPhewY

    Sharon tells how some paranormal documentarians wanted to capitalize on her science cred for their new project. What did she find out about their claims with just some basic research? To stop this proliferation of pseudoscience and creative editing to meet a specific agenda, please donate to the Science Friction project at ScienceFriction.tv.

    Finally, the current skeptic community is broken, fractured from drama and scandals, missing a mission and purposeful goals, and out of touch with the 21st century. Meanwhile, an alternative Skeptic community exists on YouTube. Sharon describes reasons for and reactions to her writing on why she shed the "skeptic" label. Read the essay here: https://sharonahill.com/2018/07/10/please-dont-call-me-a-skeptic/

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    43: Don't be a bogan - Australia exists

    43: Don't be a bogan - Australia exists

    This episode, Sharon has returned from trip to Australia. She and Torkel discuss what it’s like there. News items include a discussion of why some maladjusted folks think Australia doesn’t even exist. Nearby in Tasmania, a few people hold out hope that the Thylacine still exists. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., a media-hyped Montana mystery manimal is not so monstrous, Las Vegas news gives credence to a ridiculous story about a “time warp” anomaly supposedly discovered by an adamant guy with a gadget in the desert, and there is an update on the weird and scary explosions in upper Bucks County Pennsylvania.

    Australia exists
    http://www.thespaceacademy.org/2018/05/australia-doesnt-exit-and-people-who.html?m=1

    https://www.indy100.com/article/google-translate-flat-earth-troll-prank-im-a-flat-earther-australia-gravity-8375821

    The Tasmanian Tiger does not
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/02/the-obsessive-search-for-the-tasmanian-tiger

    Montana wolf is a wolf
    http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_1108.html

    Time Warp
    http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/38515977/time-warp-discovered-by-paranormal-investigator-outside-of-las-vegas

    See also: http://skepticsboot.blogspot.com/2018/06/lets-do-time-warp-again-examining-vegas.html

    Pa explosions suspect arrested (quick)
    http://6abc.com/suspect-arrested-in-bucks-co-explosions-investigation-identified/3668551/

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    P.S. "Bogan" is Australia slang for a "hillbilly" or unsophisticated person.

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If you are a person who sometimes, too often feels the crushing disappointment of realising too late, that again they forgot to look at the facts and think things through before stumbling head long into another silly situation, argument, expensive an unnecessary war, outbreak of polio, but you don't know how to not do it. Have a listen to some people who do, and pick up some tips. 15 Credibility Street is calm, measured, thoughtful. It's skepticism done well.

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