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SGU Episode 614
April 15th 2017
SGU 613 SGU 615
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria

Quote of the Week
Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.
Tim Minchin
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()[edit]

  • Patricia Bath: Patricia Bath born in Harlem 1942, was an opthalmologist and inventor. A true pioneer with more firsts than almost anyone I've covered.

News Items[edit]

Deep Life ()[edit]

Short and Long Term Memory ()[edit]

Flat Earth ()[edit]

Cassini Grand Finale ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Pink Trombone

What's the Word ()[edit]

  • Convergent

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

I survived cancer and many other 'incurable' ailments because of these so called pseudo-scientific treatments. I do think it's sad when people give up and let themselves die when it can be prevented, and I also think it’s unfortunate when any person refuses to make healthy lifestyle changes in general. If you're willing to let someone die just because you're too stubborn to accept other treatments might exist, then you're a psychopath. There is nothing wrong with telling people who are very sick, that you've heard of possible cures and alternative medicine, especially if they haven't heard of it. You just might help save their lives.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Blue whales are heavier than the ten largest known dinosaur species combined. Item #2: Jupiter has more mass and volume than all other objects in the solar system, except for the sun, combined. Item #3: The military budget of the US is greater than the military budgets of the next 7 largest combined. Item #4: The Amazon river has more discharge then the next 7 largest rivers combined.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

"Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity." - Tim Minchin

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