Adam Savage - Skeptic (Confirmed)

July 9, 2010

Host: Karen Stollznow

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 speaks about his identification as a skeptic and atheist, and his work to promote science and skepticism to the public. He talks 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. 

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

http://www.adamsavage.com/

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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.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 at 11:04am by Dead Monky Comment #1

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.

Take care,

Derek

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:43pm by harry canyon Comment #2

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.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 at 2:42pm by DarronS Comment #3

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

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 at 5:58pm by asanta Comment #4

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.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:13am by skuld Comment #5

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… ;))

Take care,

Derek

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 1:12pm by harry canyon Comment #6

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

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

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:14pm by Dead Monky Comment #7

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

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:29pm by harry canyon Comment #8

Hhhiiiipppiiiieee…...*growls and reaches for gun*

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:36pm by Dead Monky Comment #9

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.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 9:36am by steveg144 Comment #10

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!

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 9:59am by asanta Comment #11

First show I’ve listened to. It was great! Love Mythbusters.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:47am by domokato Comment #12