SGU Episode 217

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SGU Episode 217
September 12th 2009
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SGU 216                      SGU 218

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

R: Rebecca Watson

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

'What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.'

Christopher Hitchens

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

News Items ()[edit]

Charlie Sheen 911 Truther ()[edit]

Quantum Amnesia ()[edit]

Hulda Clark Dead ()[edit]

Golzalez Therapy Fail ()[edit]

What's In Your Wallet ()[edit]

Exomoons ()[edit]

Great Tits Eat Bats ()[edit]

Special Report ()[edit]

  • Richard Wiseman discusses the famous Yale Study of motivation, which does not exist.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item # 1: A new survey shows that in the last 20 years the number of working scientists who have been contacted by journalists about their research has decreased by about 50%. Item # 2: The Chemical Abstracts Service announced that on September 7th it recorded it 50 millionth unique chemical substance. Item # 3: Research reveals that factors that predict recovery from the psychological trauma of 9/11 and similar events include less emotional control.

Live Q&A ()[edit]

Live Q&A ()[edit]

The SGU takes lives questions from the audience.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.' - Christopher Hitchens

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