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SGU Episode 606
February 18th 2017
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SGU 605 SGU 607
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
Ineffective therapies are always harmful. The greatest danger lies in the risk that a still treatable disease (is) not really being treated at an early stage, by first trying an alternative therapy. In the worst case, this can lead to the death of the patient. This is more common than you might think.
The Association Against Quackery, The Netherlands, established 1881, considered to be the oldest continually running skeptical organization in the world.
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Introduction[edit]

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

Special Report ()[edit]

  • Lawsuit Update

News Items[edit]

Monkey Mirror Test ()[edit]

Immigration and Crime ()[edit]

Human Embryo Editing ()[edit]

Mission to Europa ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Tornado Siren

Questions and Emails[edit]

Question #1: Momentum in Sports ()[edit]

Reply to numerous e-mails about hindsight bias and momentum in sports.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A new study supports the hypothesis that comprehending a word that relates to motor function involves the relevant part of the motor cortex, and not just language cortex. Item #2: Using MRI scans, researchers have been able to predict which high-risk infants will go on to develop autism with 90% accuracy as young as 3 months of age. Item #3: Engineers have developed brain electrodes that are 1000 times more flexible than previous electrodes, allowing for a stable connection that does not form scar tissue.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

"Ineffective therapies are always harmful. The greatest danger lies in the risk that a still treatable disease (is) not really being treated at an early stage, by first trying an alternative therapy. In the worst case, this can lead to the death of the patient. This is more common than you might think." - The Association Against Quackery, The Netherlands, established 1881, considered to be the oldest continually running skeptical organization in the world.

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