Captain Disillusion on TAM 7

Obviously my favorite part is at the end of Part 2: “ROOOODDDRIIIIGUESSSSSS!” The Skepchick Party gets a shout-out in Part 3 and it is hilarious!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. I didn’t care for MST3K segment, and it is a bit late to review TAM 7. I thought it really picked up when he went after Darren Brown’s lottery prediction. That’s always been the strength of his videos.

  2. Loved it. The skeptical movement needs more whimsy — we have a reputation of being cranky, hyper-critical academics and Captain D is very approachable for anyone new to skepticism.

    Yes, the videos take a long time to produce, but it’s more of an ad for TAM than a review. Registration for TAM starts up next month, so I think it’s well-timed.

  3. I have to call him out on one thing,.. he puts in part 4 about magicians and Darren Brown being honest. But he uses very clever editing to be snarky in part 3. Also, his spin was dishonest, if way funnier the way he cut it. Jonathan, who was an intern at JREF, was excellent in the talent show. Also, so were many of the other acts. Holding people up to ridicule “hey look at this guy he’s BORING” and yet skipping the cute girl that really was BORING (she gets a pass, which he should have done for his take on this event). After all how “boring” can an event be with a Randi drinking game? Clever editing can make for a fun video, but is it an honest video? And some people call skepchicks snarky! HA!

  4. @Gabrielbrawley:
    No – I believe Jonathan was judging the talent contest, along with Captain D. IIRC, he was the guy featured in the “Little Jerry” video that was played.

    I thought that Captain Disillusion’s slamming of the talent show people was pretty dickish. Sure, it wasn’t high-dollar entertainment, but it was all in goofy TAM fun.

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