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SGU Episode 166
September 24th 2008
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SGU 165 SGU 167
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'...I think the popular view of Science is a solid body of truth, shared by a whole lot of learned men in a room, all agreeing on the answers to the questions of how the Universe works. Whereas nothing could be further from the truth !!! The one truth that I see emerging from the History of Science is that experiment has always surprised theorists. Einstein included!'
Dr. Brian May
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

LHC Problems ()[edit]

Worthless Acupuncture Study ()[edit]

Japan’s Space Elevator ()[edit]

What Americans Believe ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 -Science of the real ()[edit]

In a recent discussion with my girlfriend about prayer I asked her to 'give me one single instance where she could demonstrate that a prayer was actually answered'. She, of course, had no real answer but responded that 'not everything real is scientific'. How can I respond to that? Can something be 'real' and not 'scientific'. Jim McDowell USA

Interview with Sharon Begley ()[edit]

  • Sharon Begley is the science news editor for Newsweek Magazine.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A recent survey shows that online gamers are more physically fit than the general population Item #2: Astronomers have discovered a new class of neutron star, called a gravitar, which is more massive than the previously calculated upper limit for neutron stars. Item #3: A recent nutritional survey shows that most children are getting more than enough vitamins and minerals in their diet.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'...I think the popular view of Science is a solid body of truth, shared by a whole lot of learned men in a room, all agreeing on the answers to the questions of how the Universe works. Whereas nothing could be further from the truth !!! The one truth that I see emerging from the History of Science is that experiment has always surprised theorists. Einstein included!' - Dr. Brian May

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