SGU Episode 170
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|SGU Episode 170|
|October 22nd 2008|
|SGU 169||SGU 171|
|S: Steven Novella|
|R: Rebecca Watson|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.”|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 News Items ()
- 3 Questions and E-mails ()
- 4 Interview with Phil Plait ()
- 5 Science or Fiction ()
- 6 Quote of the Week ()
- 7 References
You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
News Items ()
Psychology of Pattern Recognition ()
Yet Another Solar Breakthrough ()
Cold War UFO ()
Announcing SkepticBlog ()
Questions and E-mails ()
Question #1 Blacklight ()
I am emailing from my iPhone while listening to you lot - what a great time we live in. Astonishing technology and intelligent discussion on tap.
Blacklight power recently made renewed claims as reported in the New York times online. I don't see a lot of skeptical chatter on this. I found a brief mention on skepchick and reasonable coverage on wikipedia.
I would be very interested to hear your views given the high profile backers who I read are invested in this. My gut says that it is nonsense, but who said that they prefer not to think with their gut?
Interview with Phil Plait ()
- We discuss with Phil his new book, Death from the Skies
Science or Fiction ()
Item #1: A new study demonstrates that synaesthesia can be induced in normal subjects through hypnosis. Item #2: Scientists have discovered how to selectively and safely erase specific memories and have demonstrated this in mice. Item #3: Using transcranial magnetic stimulation, researchers were able to implant an image directly into the visual cortex of a subject.
Quote of the Week ()
“There are two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.” - Enrico Fermi
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