Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Larry Mantle: Okay, we're back on AirTalk with noted skeptic Michael Shermer. So many weirdos are in the news. I feel like one is typing something about me right at this very moment, pecking away, not just at his keyboard but at my soul.
Michael Shermer: The world is filled with weirdos. No way we can predict which one is going to become violent.
Larry: Sounds reasonable. Let's take a call. Hello, caller, you're on AirTalk.
Caller: Hi, Michael, I bought a gun and I'm going to kill some bitch real soon.
Shermer: Great call.
Larry: Well what do you think, Michael, can we predict if this guy is going to kill you or perhaps act out dangerously or violently?
Shermer: No, I suspect he's probably just on XBOX Live and probably believes he's playing Grand Theft Auto, and called your show by mistake.
Larry: I agree.
Shermer: Studies have shown that sometimes people actually read scientific studies.
Larry: Interesting. Well that's the kind of intelligent conversation we love here on AirTalk.
Shermer: I do predict that your next discussion will be how any tax increases will ruin California's economy without any discussion of the results of not increasing taxes.
Larry: [laughter] Oh, too true, you got me on that one Mike. So, is there anything at all we can do to prevent lunatics from getting guns buying land mines or anti-tank weapons?
Shermer: I'm skeptical. [Laughter]
Larry: It's great we can laugh so soon after a massacre.
Shermer: I agree. After all, people die needless and tragic deaths everyday.
Larry: Especially in American high schools and colleges.