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SGU Episode 565
7th May 2016
SGU 564 SGU 566
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
William Kingdon Clifford
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

What's the Word ()

  • Propaganda

News Items

Repealing Canadian Censorship of Science ()

Bulletproof Biohacking ()

Origin of Gravitational Waves ()

Slime Mold Learning ()

Who's That Noisy? ()

  • Answer to last week: Digital Signal

Questions and Emails ()

  • Talc and Cancer

I came across this story this evening while reading CBC: A discussion on this might be interesting on multiple levels. If there is a scientifically supported link between this product and cancer, then the lawsuit is, arguably, justifiable. If there is not, then this is pandering to the natural fallacy in that the jurors are responding to 'big company give innocent people cancer [you have to read that in stereotypical 'caveman' voice for full effect]. However, of the talcum powder *does* have a proven link to cancer….wait, how could it?!?! It's natural, isn't it? The natural fallacy gets turned on its head. I am not saying I know either way – I'm just reading a lot of reports that say talcum powder gives cancer 1200 more lawsuits pending'. (I'm also a seasoned half -marathon runner, in the tropics, and talcum powder is a necessary go-to for … chaffing … would love to hear a deep dive into the science behind the claims). Cheers, Trevor Taiwan/Canada Ps – in regards to your last episode about the rather upsetting case of the boy that died of meningitis, I assure you the 'state' has no power whatsoever. The 'province', however…. ;-)

Science or Fiction ()

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

William Kingdon Clifford, mathematician and philosopher (4 May 1845-1879)

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