SGU Episode 490

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SGU Episode 490
29th Nov 2014
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SGU 489                      SGU 491

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

R: Rebecca Watson

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein


SS: Scott Sigler

Quote of the Week

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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  • Live from DragonCon, Aug 31st

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

This Day in Skepticism (1:03)[edit]

  • August 31, 1897: Thomas Edison invents the kinetoscope

Interview with Scott Sigler (3:06)[edit]

Favorite Pseudosciences (27:12)[edit]

"Favorite" Pseudoscience: Steve - Facilitated Communication Jay - Multi-Level Marketing Rebecca - Rumpology Bob - Tunguska Event

Steve's Favorite (27:27)[edit]

  • Facilitated communication

Jay's Favorite (40:14)[edit]

  • Multi-Level Marketing

Rebecca's Favorite (49:41)[edit]

  • Rumpology

Bob's Favorite (1:01:28)[edit]

  • Tunkguska Event

Science or Fiction (1:07:05)[edit]

Item #1: The komodo dragon, which can weigh up to 300 pounds, can eat 80% of its body weight in one meal. Item #2: The bearded dragon has been a popular pet for decades,. but it was not until 2005 that it was discovered they are venomous. Item #3: The barbeled dragonfish, a deep sea predator, can suddenly light its entire body with bioluminescence in order to blind and stun its prey.

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:15:55)[edit]

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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