AA, Polygraphs and Blackface
This is episode 18 and is the first part of our episode recorded on October 18, 2014. Mike, Rene, Destin, Dave, and I actually get to take on the role of skeptics on things like life after death, invisibility cloaks, and polygraph tests while also discussing some social issues surrounding racism and AA. You can get it early on Patreon or Gumroad.
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Life after death?
Good for Halloween Black eyed kids
Fluoride isn’t killing you
Should every kid be getting the HPV vaccine?
Bill Whatcott loses his venue for local conference
California man was put in jail for being an atheist
polygraphs are bullshit
developed in the early 1900s and the technology hasn’t actually changed in any meaningful way
in controlled tests polygraph is approx. 60% effective though practitioners like to claim 95% effectiveness
fight or flight response – testing nervousness, fear, rage, embarrassment
In the US it is illegal for private companies to use polygraph tests in hiring practices. In Canada trusted positions like RCMP members are require to pass a polygraph to be hired.
Not submissible in criminal courts but is in civil courts
Is black face racist in cosplay? http://uproxx.com/webculture/2014/10/a-cosplayer-is-being-called-racist-for-her-blackface-michonne-from-the-walking-dead-costume/
Music for this episode was provided by Linger and was Grey and White off the album Creatures of Yesterday.
This episodes podcast shout out is for the Irreverent Skeptics. They’re a group of non-experts, kind of like us but they do more research. They also do their show on google hangouts so I think you can watch them live. It’s really informative and funny. By extension, one of the members of the irreverent skeptics, Mike Bohler also runs the skeptics guide to conspiracy which is also a really well researched show that goes into the different conspiracy theories very in depth. https://www.facebook.com/IrreverentSkeptics https://www.facebook.com/ASGTC
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