SGU Episode 605

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SGU Episode 605
February 11th 2017
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SGU 604 SGU 606
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
I believe that we are a story-driven species and that we understand how things are put together, in the context of narrative. It's a shame that science hasn't been taught that way, in a long time. It's usually the fact completely devoid of any human experience or any idea of how the scientist came to that conclusion.
Ann Druyan
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Introduction[edit]

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

What's the Word ()[edit]

  • Impedance

News Items[edit]

Super Bowl Drones ()[edit]

GM Wheat ()[edit]

Security Chips ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Baritone Trombone

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

I want to know if the following is a formal logical fallacy or an appeal of some sort. It goes like this, 'Because you were wrong on this one point, you are wrong on all of your points.' The person arguing dismisses all arguments on a particular topic because they poked a hole in one of them. I have seen this online with some Trump supporters making the following argument: 'The Left' said Trump was like Hitler. Hitler had death camps. Trump doesn't have death camps. Therefore, Trump isn't Hitler, and every other criticism levelled at Trump can be dismissed in one fell swoop. What do you guys think? Jonathan Jarry Montreal, Canada

Interview with Maureen Ohlhausen ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Scientists report the first discovery of a white dwarf pulsar, the only one known, just 380 light years from Earth. Item #2: Hebrew University archaeologists report that they have uncovered a 12th Dead Sea scroll cave with intact jars containing previously undiscovered scrolls. Item #3: A new study finds that, with a little provocation, two-thirds of subjects engaged in trolling behavior in online comments.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'I believe that we are a story-driven species and that we understand how things are put together, in the context of narrative. It's a shame that science hasn't been taught that way, in a long time. It's usually the fact completely devoid of any human experience or any idea of how the scientist came to that conclusion.' - Ann Druyan

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