SGU Episode 142

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SGU Episode 142
April 9th 2008
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SGU 141                      SGU 143

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

R: Rebecca Watson

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

'De omnibus dubitandum.'All is to be doubted.

Rene Descartes

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

News Items ()[edit]

Report from The Skeptologists Shoot ()[edit]

Psychic Crackdown in the EU ()[edit]

LHC and the God Particle ()[edit]

Monty Hall Revisited ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Sanskrit Incantations ()[edit]

I think that the joking and laughing about what the Tantric was saying was a little misguided. To the western ear, it does indeed sound silly; however I believe that he was speaking Sanskrit, and his audience will have been very used to hearing the language spoken as it is widely used in Eastern religious (Hindu\Buddhist etc.) ceremonies*.
So even if it was just mumbo jumbo, it plays psychologically on his target audience. It's actually a piece of clever manipulation; think what would happen to a devout catholic if his priest cursed him in Latin (IIRC catholic mass is still said in Latin) and made it known that he was cursing in Latin; you'd get a similar effect to what he was trying to do there.

From the SGU Boards

Interview with Yau-Man Chan ()[edit]

  • Yau-Man was one of the fan's favorite contestants on Survivor - partly due to the fact that he how brains can win out over brawn. He is also a cast member on the pilot episode of The Skeptologists

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Question #1: New research finds that naturally occurring trans-fats actually reduce risk factors for heart disease. Question #2: New DNA analysis shows that the first humans in North America, the Clovis, were not the ancestors of later American Indians and may have come from Northern Europe. Question #3: New NSF data shows that the supply of science, engineering, and health workers in the US is increasing, as are new graduates who also contain more than 50% women.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'De omnibus dubitandum.'All is to be doubted.- Rene Descartes

Announcements ()[edit]

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