SGU Episode 263

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SGU Episode 263
July 29th 2010
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SGU 262 SGU 264
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.'
John Cleese
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

NHS to Keep Homeopathy ()[edit]

Cosmology with no Big Bang ()[edit]

Lost Ship Found ()[edit]

Meat and Weight Control ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Bertrand Russel

Your Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Biodynamic Farming ()[edit]

Maybe I've missed it but I have not heard you mention Biodynamic Agriculture. This seems like it should be prime fodder for the show and I would love to hear your opinion of this growing fad of hocus pocus. William Welch Birmingham

Question #2 - Orgel's Laws ()[edit]

I've recently encountered Orgel's Laws and found them to be very interesting. You've probably already discussed it but if not, I'd like to find out what, if any, difference there is between the Orgel's premises and Occam's Razor. Is Orgel, who/whatever that means, taking the razor a step further? They seem to have a similar flavor but may be more distinct then I perceive. Then again, for all I know Orgel was a traveling minstrel. LtS! Dallin Bastian Crestview, FL

Interview with Jim Underdown ()[edit]

  • Jim Underdown is the director of the CFI West

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: New research finds that consuming beverages with low-calorie sweeteners such as stevia or aspartame resulted in greater caloric intake overall due to increased hunger. Item #2: Researchers outline a method for growing mushrooms into packing material. Item #3: A new analysis shows that Michaelangelo hid the image of a brainstem and spinal cord in a depiction of god on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.' - John Cleese

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