SGU Episode 479

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SGU Episode 479
September 13th 2014
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SGU 478 SGU 480
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.
James Baldwin
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Introduction[edit]

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

This Day in Skepticism (1:29)[edit]

  • September 13, 1848: Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives a 3-foot (0.91 m)-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions.

News Items[edit]

Jack the Ripper Solved? (9:52)[edit]

  • September 13 TDIS: 1848

Common Core (21:39)[edit]

Canada’s War on Science (27:37)[edit]

Dreadnoughtus (33:54)[edit]

Supplement Company Sues Over Criticism (42:51)[edit]

Brian Dunning (53:31)[edit]

Who's That Noisy (55:16)[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Donkey, Dwight Eisenhower

Corrections[edit]

The exception proves the rule (57:54)[edit]

The meat and leather industries (59:29)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:09:42)[edit]

Item #1: Researchers have for the first time constructed a two-dimensional material called germanene, out of a single layer of germanium atoms. Item #2: Scientists have discovered a new fundamental mechanism of aging linked to faulty DNA repair. Item #3: A new study confirms that in some individuals sugar has an effect on the brain similar to narcotics causing a drug-like addiction.

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:20:35)[edit]

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.”~James Baldwin

Announcements[edit]

Special recording of the SGU (1:21:23)[edit]

  • October 2, 2014 at 8pm US Eastern Time

Rebecca at the Bay Area Science Festival (1:23:12)[edit]

  • October 25th, 2014 at the Castro Theatre

Steve at a live recording of the Rationally Speaking podcast (1:23:37)[edit]

  • September 28th, 2014 at 2pm at the Baruch Performing Arts Centre, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York

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