SGU Episode 767

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SGU Episode 767
March 21th 2020
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SGU 766                      SGU 768

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

Quote of the Week

What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance.

David Eagleman, American neuroscientist and science communicator

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Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

"5 to 10 Years" ()[edit]

News Items[edit]






(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]

Hoarders of the Pandemic ()[edit]

Evolution of Anxiety ()[edit]

Extreme Depth of Focus Lens ()[edit]

Predicting the Present ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]


Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()[edit]

Question #1: Vitamin K for Newborns ()[edit]

Thought this would be a good topic. New York Review of Books: Among the Vitamin K ‘Anti-Vaxxers’[5] Didn’t know about this craziness.
– Mark Gregor-Pearse, Chicago

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction More cholera
Science Bubonic plague
Bacterial infections
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Bacterial infections
More cholera
More cholera

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Pandemics
Item #1: Although the flu strain that caused the 1918 pandemic was particularly virulent, it was likely secondary bacterial infections that caused most deaths, not the virus itself.[6]
Item #2: The Bubonic Plague is still the deadliest in history, with between 75 and 200 million deaths.[7]
Item #3: There have been more cholera pandemics than any other type of organism.[8]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance.
David Eagleman, American neuroscientist, author, and science communicator

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

S: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information, visit us at Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.

Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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