SGU Episode 291

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SGU Episode 291
February 9th 2011
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SGU 290 SGU 292
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.'
Leo Tolstoy from 'The Kingdom of God is Within You' (1894)
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Introduction[edit]

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

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • February 12, 1809: Darwin Day - A celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday.

News Items ()[edit]

Processed Food and IQ ()[edit]

Bacterial Intelligence ()[edit]

Skin Cell Spray Gun ()[edit]

Treating Trauma with Herbs ()[edit]

Jerusalem UFO ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - Martin Sheen from The West Wing

Interview with Jeff Ainslee ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: X-ray studies of an ancient snake fossil reveal a hidden vestigial leg, and support the hypothesis that modern snakes evolved from lizard ancestors. Item #2: A newly discovered fossil reveals a 100 million year old carnivorous cricket that was as large as a domestic cat. Item #3: Scientists report that the animal with the most genes discovered so far is a tiny, almost microscopic, crustacean - the water flea, with 31,000 genes.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.' -Leo Tolstoy from 'The Kingdom of God is Within You' (1894)

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