SGU Episode 408

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SGU Episode 408
11th May 2013
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SGU 407 SGU 409
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
Guest
DM: Don McLeroy
Quote of the Week
For all its beauty, honesty, and effectiveness at improving the human condition, science demands a terrible price—that we accept what experiments tell us about the universe, whether we like it or not. It’s about consensus and teamwork and respectful critical argument, working with, and through, natural law. It requires that we utter, frequently, those hateful words—'I might be wrong.'
David Brin
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Introduction[edit]

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

This Day in Skepticism (00:47)[edit]

  • May 11, 1960: FDA announced its approval of the use of Enovid, the first commercial oral contraceptive.

News Items[edit]

Sylvia Browne Wrong Again (04:02)[edit]

Cosmic Rays and Lightning (13:12)[edit]

Cicadas Return (18:20)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (28:10)[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Alexander Graham Bell

Interview with Don McLeroy (32:26)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:04:41)[edit]

Item #1: A new study finds that men who marry younger women are less intelligent, less attractive, and less wealthy than men who marry women closer in age. Item #2: Researchers have developed an intelligent nano-network drug release system that can effectively control blood sugar in diabetics for one week from a single injection. And item #3: New evidence suggests that toothbrushes are a major source of outbreaks of strep throat and other respiratory infections.

Announcements (1:19:56)[edit]

Rebecca at Women in Atheism conference

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:20:26)[edit]

For all its beauty, honesty, and effectiveness at improving the human condition, science demands a terrible price—that we accept what experiments tell us about the universe, whether we like it or not. It’s about consensus and teamwork and respectful critical argument, working with, and through, natural law. It requires that we utter, frequently, those hateful words—'I might be wrong.'

J: David Brin!

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