SGU Episode 122

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SGU Episode 122
November 20th 2007
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Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.'
Stephen Hawking
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

News Items ()[edit]

Judgment Day Censored ()[edit]


Blue Ghost Followup ()[edit]

Death By Energy Medicine ()[edit]


Photo Memory Manipulation ()[edit]


Special Feature ()[edit]

  • Our Day at the Psychic Fair

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Correction About Male and Female Evolution ()[edit]

re: Science or Fiction? segment - while male mammals have an XY chromosome and so present changes in phenotype easily, don't male birds actually carry two sex chromosomes of the same type (ZZ) while females carry different ones (ZW)? Wouldn't this mean that the mechanism for phenotype is different between birds and mammals? Thanks!

Meme Gene


Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Question #1: A new discovery indicates that human consumption of chocolate is at least 150 thousand years old. Question #2: Using a computer analysis of the human genome and evolutionary principles, researchers have discovered 300 new human genes. Question #3: Physicists have developed a method for manipulating light that is one million times more efficient than existing methods.

Skeptical Puzzle ()[edit]

This Week's Puzzle:

This screwed up analytic sham states the following:

It starts with 167, and ends with 268.
Yet there are 112 in total.
110 of them are gone, 1 is here now, and 1 has yet to come.

What is it?

Last Week's puzzle:

According to legend, at 37 it consumes, at 40 it refrains. Identify the myth.

Answer: Feed a cold and starve a fever
Winner: Zam

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.'- Stephen Hawking

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