[email protected]: Brian Dunning
Brian Dunning spoke to Googlers in Mountain View on May 20, 2011 about his series of podcasts on http://skeptoid.com. About Skeptoid.com: Since 2006, Skeptoid has been fighting the good fight against the overwhelming majority of noise in the media supporting useless alternative medicine systems, psychics preying upon the vulnerable, the erosion of science education in the classroom, xenophobia of advanced energy and food production methods, and generally anything that distracts attention and public funding from scientific advancement. Skeptoid generally examines four basic types of popular pseudosciences: 1. Consumer frauds, like magic jewelry and free energy 2. Urban legends, like the Amityville Horror or the Philadelphia Experiment 3. Useless alternative medicine schemes, like detoxification and reflexology 4. Conspiracy theories, like chemtrails or 9/11 "truth" theories About the Author: Science writer Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (skeptoid.com), applying critical thinking to urban legends and popular pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. A computer scientist by trade, Brian uses new media to showcase the rewards of science and critical thinking. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.