The internet is wide and chock full of video content. Scattered throughout this landscape are programs, shows, movies, documentaries and more that are of interest to, about, or otherwise for skeptics, rationalists, freethinkers and other science minded people. more
One of the more bizarre human behavior is how human deal with cognitive dissonance, when one suddenly have two conflicting truths, often one long-held and the other undeniable but recent discovery. There are three ways to resolve cognitive dissonance. You believe in one, the other, or rarely, you somehow meld the two together into an amalgamated third. The abusive relationship is a common cognitive dissonance. To an outsider, if the victim suffers abuse, the victim should leave. However, the victim, who had long lived under the abuser’s control and the fiction that the abuser “loved” the victim, often believes that he or she is at fault for angering the abuser, and thus “deserve” the abuse, and everybody else “just don’t understand” the abuser, who is “not a bad person”. This condition is commonly known as “battered spouse syndrome”.
The same thing happens in the financial world, when victims don’t believe they were scammed, and/or attack the authorities for stopping the scam. The victims are also especially vulnerable to reload scams (i.e. another similar Ponzi scheme). One prime example was the Ad Surf Daily Ponzi. more
I’m about to introduce you to one of my passions. Getting things done. It does not matter if it is a little task or a big one, I just like crossing things off my list. I have many projects in the world of skepticism, but the one I’m about to tell you about is one that needs involvement by you. more
Skeptical Connections is a grassroots exploration of what living skeptically actually means — through news, interviews, discussions, performance pieces, and reflections on both the bigger implications and everyday applications of critical thinking concepts and skeptical tools. more
Monterey County is located on California’s Central Coast line, 2 hours south of San Francisco, and 6 hours north of Los Angeles. Monterey County Skeptics are a social meetup group that meets several times a month to socialize and eat. They also partake in planetarium and other science events.