SGU Episode 295

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SGU Episode 295
March 9th 2011
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SGU 294 SGU 296
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.'
Ferdinand Magellan
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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]

  • March 12, 1923: Phonofilm presented

News Items ()[edit]

Meteorite Fossil Bacteria ()[edit]

Biological Computers ()[edit]

Super Full Moon ()[edit]

Imam Retracts Support for Evolution ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Roger Penrose

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Question #1 - What is a Skeptic? ()[edit]

I've recently started listening to your podcast including some of the back issues. I have found Steven Novella's stance on arguments to match my own eerily well and am wondering if I am indeed a skeptic. Perhaps a you may be a skeptic if list would be humourous, however I am specifically interested in where your panel of skeptics comes down on the definition of a skeptic. I believe I am safe in saying that skeptics believe in logical consistency, are empiricists, and accept ideas that are reached through inductive reasoning based on empirical evidence. Does skepticism -in your opinions- have a stance on realism vs instrumentalism in science and is being cohesive with evidence and generally accepted theory grounds for `proof` or merely a requirement to warrant further study. If this issue has already been discussed in an earlier episode I would appreciate episode number. Fraser Hogg

Interview with Ben Radford ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A recent study shows that migrating song birds and moths travel at the same mean velocity. Item #2: New research shows that most people are willing to cause direct harm to others, as long as they believe no one is watching. Item #3: A new review of research indicates that for most species natural selection favors greater size and speed, rather than average traits.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.' - Ferdinand Magellan

Voiceover: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at www.theskepticsguide.org. You can also check out our other podcast the SGU 5x5 as well as find links to our blogs and the SGU forums. For questions, suggestions and other feedback please use the contact us form on the website or send an email to info@theskepticsguide.org. If you enjoyed this episode then please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on iTunes, Zune or your portal of choice.'Theorem' is performed by Kineto, and used with permission.

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