I had the best time last weekend. I gave a talk for the National Capital Area Skeptics which was held at the National Science Foundation building ON CARL SAGAN DAY. It was perfect. The talk, about an hour, is linked below. Thanks to J.D. Mack of NCAS for the excellent editing and production. It is very important to me to have talks and interviews recorded so I can promote them to people who couldn’t be there. While there was a nice turnout, putting these talks online greatly increases the distribution and lets my folks see it too.
My hosts, Chip and Grace Denman… well, what can I say. They are beyond awesome and the dinner and after-dinner event they arranged that evening I will remember my whole life, I’m sure.
Check out the presentation The World of Weird News: Bigfoot, UFOs and Other Questionable Claims about the whys and hows of Doubtful News and an insiders look at some of our popular stories.
Back at home, I’m reviewing new books, working on my own manuscript about amateur paranormal investigation groups, and today I spoke on the Paul Harris America Weekend radio show about serial informercial fraudster Kevin Trudeau. (Clip is here.)
I’ve been a professional for over 20 years now and have been active in skepticism for almost that long. If I’ve learned ONE VERY IMPORTANT LESSON, it’s this: Your network is critical – who you know, how you communicate, and supporting and helping others whenever you can. Burning bridges, while sometimes necessary to cut yourself free from corrosive people, is one of the worst things you can do and should not be done lightly. I bring this networking point up because my friends and acquaintances have allowed me to experience opportunities and great moments such that I would never otherwise would have had. And I am so grateful.