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SGU Episode 164
September 10th 2008
SGU 163 SGU 165
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'The wise skeptic does not teach doubt but how to look for the permanent in the mutable and fleeting.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

News Items ()[edit]

LHC Turned On Today ()[edit]

Elephant Arithmetic ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Corrections ()[edit]


Question #2 Food Irradiation ()[edit]

Lately at work, folks have been forwarding emails regarding the dangers of irradiated food. Many of the links they send out link to a Dr. Mercola's website 'a Dr. of Osteopathy and Holistic Practitioner' Below is quoted directly from the Email: 'The information highlights problems with the practice of irradiating food, include research that has been done. ' Who is this guy and is this stuff for real? Thanks, Joe Planck Country/Location: New York

Question #3 Pseudoscience ()[edit]

Dear Sceptics, I have studied philosophy and therefore I have bookmarked the RSS feed of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Its a peer-reviewed online encyclopedia that is freely accessible over the net and a great resource for philosophers. Its far from being completed yet, but the articles are well researched and updated regularly. So yesterday it published a new article about the demarcation between science and pseudo science. After reading it I wanted to ask you guys what exactly is the essence of science in your personal views and what makes a pseudo-science. You are debunking it all the time - have you ever thought about the criteria you use while doing this? Here is the link to the article: Cheers, Marc Gaertner Germany

Interview with Ben Radford ()[edit]

  • Ben Radford is the Managing Editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, the official publication of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Scientists discover the first animal that can survive the vacuum and radiation of space. Item #2: A new study shows that, contrary to prior beliefs, higher intelligence is associated with a decreased ability to delay gratification. Item #3: Scientists discover that giant honey bees are able to perform a “Mexican wave”, like fans at a sporting event, in order to deter predators.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The wise skeptic does not teach doubt but how to look for the permanent in the mutable and fleeting.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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