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SGU Episode 845
September 18th 2021
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SGU 844 SGU 846
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, English mathematician and philosopher
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Show Notes
Forum Topic


Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Swindler's List (5:54)[edit]

  • Auto Warranty Robocalls

News Items[edit]






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

Tongue Snakeoil (19:25)[edit]

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"Keyhole Spying" ()[edit]

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Fact Checking Misinformation ()[edit]

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Cognitive Control and Cheating ()[edit]

  • [link_URL title][4]

Bringing Back the Mammoth ()[edit]

  • [link_URL title][5]

SGU Recommends ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

New Noisy ()[edit]



Science or Fiction (1:22:39)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction chinese "guest star"
Science prebiotic molecules
Science dark matter or energy
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Cara chinese "guest star"
Jay chinese "guest star"
Evan chinese "guest star"
Bob chinese "guest star"

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

Theme: Astronomy
Item #1: ___[6]
Item #2: ___[7]
Item #3: ___[8]
Item #4: ___[9]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879), English mathematician and philosopher

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[10]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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