Adam Savage - Skeptic (Confirmed)
Posted: 09 July 2010 09:16 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Adam Savage is an artist, actor, educator, special effects designer and co-host of the Discovery Channel’s TV show Mythbusters.

Adam has a diverse background in animation and design, and for almost two decades he has concentrated on the special effects industry for film, theater and television.

A prominent skeptic and atheist, Adam lectures in science education and is a strong promoter of critical thinking.

Karen Stollznow spoke with Adam in Las Vegas at The Amaz!ng Meeting, the annual conference of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

In this conversation, Adam spoke about his identification as a skeptic and atheist, and his work to promote science and skepticism to the public. He talked about his experiences on Mythbusters; why the show appeals to skeptics, and how he applies skepticism to his experiments.

Adam talks about testing pseudoscience and the paranormal, how myths and legends develop, and how the public reacts when their cherished myths are busted.

http://www.pointofinquiry.org/adam_savage_skeptic_confirmed/

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Posted: 10 July 2010 11:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I love Mythbusters. 

I remember reading an article in which Adam said he would like to use the show to debunk ID and Creationism, but that the producers probably wouldn’t allow it.

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Posted: 10 July 2010 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Dead Monky - 10 July 2010 11:04 AM

I love Mythbusters. 

I remember reading an article in which Adam said he would like to use the show to debunk ID and Creationism, but that the producers probably wouldn’t allow it.

While I would love that episode, I’d bet it would probably be the end of the show.

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Derek

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Posted: 10 July 2010 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I just listened to this episode, and must say it is the most enjoyable PoI I have heard since DJ left. Excellent job Karen and Adam.

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Posted: 10 July 2010 05:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Can’t wait to listen to the podcast! I’ve been a fan of the show since it’s beginning.

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Church; where sheep congregate to worship a zombie on a stick that turns into a cracker on Sundays…

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Posted: 16 July 2010 09:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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asanta - 10 July 2010 05:58 PM

Can’t wait to listen to the podcast! I’ve been a fan of the show since it’s beginning.

me too.  not in the least because of their creative application of scientific method.  one of the few programs on tv that actually encourages skeptical thinking.

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Posted: 16 July 2010 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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skuld - 16 July 2010 09:13 AM
asanta - 10 July 2010 05:58 PM

Can’t wait to listen to the podcast! I’ve been a fan of the show since it’s beginning.

me too.  not in the least because of their creative application of scientific method.  one of the few programs on tv that actually encourages skeptical thinking.

What about (the original) Scooby-Do? (Yes, I’m serious. Mostly… wink)

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 16 July 2010 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Scooby Doo promoted skepticism and marijuana use.  Why do I hate that show again?

Oh right, Shaggy’s a hippie.  I hate hippies.

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Posted: 16 July 2010 02:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Dead Monky - 16 July 2010 02:14 PM

Scooby Doo promoted skepticism and marijuana use.  Why do I hate that show again?

Oh right, Shaggy’s a hippie.  I hate hippies.

Rut row, red runkee is rang-ree.

Hey man… What’s with all the negative waves, man? We, like need, to connect with the cosmic consciousness and peace out man. Want a flower?

<ducks>

cheese

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 16 July 2010 02:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Hhhiiiipppiiiieee…...*growls and reaches for gun*

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Posted: 17 July 2010 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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DarronS - 10 July 2010 02:42 PM

I just listened to this episode, and must say it is the most enjoyable PoI I have heard since DJ left. Excellent job Karen and Adam.

I’d second that. A good, fun, freewheeling show.

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Posted: 17 July 2010 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I just listened to the podcast. Thanks, it was great to hear Adam’s views on so many subjects and know that they are no where near running out of ideas for the show!

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Posted: 19 July 2010 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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First show I’ve listened to. It was great! Love Mythbusters.

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“What people do is they confuse cynicism with skepticism. Cynicism is ‘you can’t change anything, everything sucks, there’s no point to anything.’ Skepticism is, ‘well, I’m not so sure.’” -Bill Nye

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