SGU Episode 371
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|SGU Episode 371|
|25th August 2012|
|SGU 370||SGU 372|
|S: Steven Novella|
|R: Rebecca Watson|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|C: Chris Ford|
|Quote of the Week|
|Hence the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 This Day in Skepticism (1:02)
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? (25:13)
- 5 Questions and Emails
- 6 Interview with Chris Ford (42:20)
- 7 Science or Fiction (1:02:39)
- 8 Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:16:58)
- 9 Announcements (1:18:09)
- 10 References
You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
This Day in Skepticism (1:02)
- August 25, 1835 Great Moon Hoax.
The Sun is Round (5:44)
DNA Storage (12:16)
FDA and Homeopathy (16:22)
Final Week for Kickstarter Campaign (22:48)
Who's That Noisy? (25:13)
- Answer to last week: Adam Savage
Questions and Emails
Pregnancy from Rape (27:18)
As you all are probably aware by now GOP senate candidate & current congressman Todd Akins said today that in cases of "legitimate rape" women's bodies don't allow them to be impregnated. Grass roots conservatives have begun to trot links like this out to support this belief: Physicians for life: Assault rape pregnancies are rare, could you guys put out an analysis of GOP claims on this issue? a non-supporting study being tossed around in the last few hours: American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: Rape-related pregnancy: Estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women clearly the real case they're making is more along the lines of "pregnancies by rape are in a small enough minority no one should care about them", as if we don't care about other human healthcare issues in cases of extremely rare infections and diseases that only inflict a small handful of people per year. regardless, i really think it would be great to have a skeptical analysis of all the data on this issue on the public record for current & future reference. i expect this to be a hot topic for the next couple of days in political circles and on cable news.
E-bay and Magic (37:20)
Hi guys, love the show! Have you seen this? It caught my attention because you have discussed the sale of "magic spells" on one of your shows (I am currently making my way through the back catalog). CNN: Get Real! eBay bans supernatural sales. Keep up the excellent work! Agnes Lech-Nunenkamp
Interview with Chris Ford (42:20)
- Interview with Chris Ford, Business Director for Pixar (Mac animation pro: Coming soon - RenderMan for Maya)
Science or Fiction (1:02:39)
S: Item number one. Astronomers have discovered the first evidence of a planet being devoured by its aging star. Item number two. A new study demonstrates that peanut butter can be used as an effective oil dispersant for large environmental oil spills. And item number three. Researchers find that artificial platelet-like nanoparticles nearly double survival after severe trauma with internal bleeding.
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:16:58)
Hence the ways of men part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.
J: Frederich Nietzsche!
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