SGU Episode 336

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SGU Episode 336
December 24th 2011
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Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-believer
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Introduction[edit]

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

In Memoriam ()[edit]

Christopher Hitchenshttp://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/christopher-hitchens-1949-2011/

News Items ()[edit]

Mammoth Bone Homes ()[edit]

Trillion Frames per Second ()[edit]

Neti Pot Dangers ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Beethoven heard through a cochlear implant

Special Report ()[edit]

  • with George Hrab

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Scientists have discovered bacteria capable of living in the subsurface of Mars. Item #2: Research finds that thick hair protects against bed bug bites, but despite this hairy individuals are bitten as often as less hairy individuals. Item #3: A new study finds that UV light is 95% effective in reducing chicken pox severity and preventing its spread.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.” ― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-believer

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