SGU Episode 342

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SGU Episode 342
February 4th 2012
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SGU 341 SGU 343
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
“…if we offer too much silent assent about mysticism and superstition – even when it seems to be doing a little good – we abet a general climate in which skepticism is considered impolite, science tiresome, and rigorous thinking somehow stuffy and inappropriate. Figuring out a prudent balance takes wisdom.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
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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]

  • Feb 4, 1868: Darwin started writing Descent of Man.

News Items ()[edit]

Speed Limit for Birds ()[edit]

Reading Brain Waves ()[edit]

Conspiracy Contradictions ()[edit]

Quickie with Bob: Scorpion Inspired Armor ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Scientifically Illiterate Politicians

Interview with Derek Bartholomaus ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Scientists have demonstrated a procedure in rats that allows a severed nerve to repair itself in as little as 7 days, rather than the months that would normally be required. Item #2: Researchers have published a study that suggests that the growth of information on the internet will ultimately be limited by human brain capacity, not economic or other factors. Item #3: Scientists have developed an implantable pacemaker made from living cells that does not requires batteries and therefore never needs to be recharged.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“…if we offer too much silent assent about mysticism and superstition – even when it seems to be doing a little good – we abet a general climate in which skepticism is considered impolite, science tiresome, and rigorous thinking somehow stuffy and inappropriate. Figuring out a prudent balance takes wisdom.” - Carl Sagan The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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