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SGU Episode 170
October 22nd 2008
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SGU 169 SGU 171
Skeptical Rogues
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.”
Enrico Fermi
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Psychology of Pattern Recognition ()[edit]

Yet Another Solar Breakthrough ()[edit]

Cold War UFO ()[edit]

Announcing SkepticBlog ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 Blacklight ()[edit]

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?
John Pollard
UK

http://www.blacklightpower.com/profile.shtml
http://www.villagevoice.com/1999-12-21/news/quantum-leap/
http://www.mail-archive.com/vortex-l@eskimo.com/msg10909.html

Interview with Phil Plait ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

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 ()[edit]

“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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