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SGU Episode 192
March 25th 2009
SGU 191 SGU 193
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
“She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.”
Jean Paul Sartre
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Show Notes


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

News Items ()[edit]

Cold Fusion Again ()[edit]

Texas Evolution Fight ()[edit]

Synthetic Blood ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question # 1 - Open Letter from Richard Saunders to Australian Pharmacists ()[edit]

Question # 2 - Quantum Jumping ()[edit]

Just thought I would share a link I ran across. This one really got me tickled. Keep up the good work, love the new site. Oh and by the way, there actually are skeptical rednecks from the south. I know, I are one. =P Josh

Question # 3 - Super Chimney ()[edit]

Hey SGU! Have you heard of the Super Chimney? The basic idea is that a giant chimney could reduce the effects of global warming and provide a source of wind energy. It sounds a bit fishy to me, but I can't put my finger on why and I don't have the subject knowledge to figure out the details. Would this actually work? Am I being too critical? What am I missing? Thanks for your time! - Jokermage

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • UFOs
2. “not one piece of physical evidence. No smoking saucer.” Aliens do not hand out trinkets, that’s true, and neither do they sit in for book signings. Some phenomenon are not given to tangible “in my hands” evidence (although there is loads of trace evidence). Show me your physcial evidence for a supernova and I’ll show you mine for a flying saucer. I’ve got multiple and independent eyewitness testimony (in the millions) spanning several decades across the globe with trace evidence and excellent photos to boot. No evidence? I think not.

Randi Speaks ()[edit]

  • Carl Sagan

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item # 1: A new study shows that the morbidly obese, on average, are as active as those in the normal or overweight category. Item # 2: Researchers have developed a system for treating blood infections that uses a magnet to draw the pathogens out of the blood. Item #: New research shows that expert advice can shut off the decision-making part of the brain.

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - Dr. Roy Spencer

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist.” - Jean Paul Sartre

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