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SGU Episode 646
November 25th 2017
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SGU 645                      SGU 647

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein


GH: George Hrab

Quote of the Week

Knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker.

Professor Abraham Van Helsing, vampire hunter

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

Skeptical Ghost Stories[edit]

  • The Rogues tell their personal ghost stories with a skeptical lesson.






(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]

Special Segment: You Don't Know Me, Bro ()[edit]

  • How well do the Novella brothers know each other? Let's find out.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction "extraordinary claims"
Science "C.I.C.P.O.P."
1989 libel lawsuits
Host Result
Evan win
Rogue Guess
"extraordinary claims"
"extraordinary claims"
"extraordinary claims"
"extraordinary claims"

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Today we know the organization as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. However, back in 1976 the originally suggested name for the organization was, The Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal and Other Phenomena.[1]
Item #2: Carl Sagan famously suggested that one of the founding principles of the organization (CSI) is, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."[2]
Item #3: In 1989 multiple libel law suits against CSICOP were initiated, seeking a total of 53 million dollars in damages.[3]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

George's Response[edit]

Evan Explains Item #3[edit]

Evan Explains Item #2[edit]

Evan Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Knowledge is stronger than memory, and we should not trust the weaker.
Professor Abraham Van Helsing, best known through many adaptations of Dracula as a vampire hunter and the archenemy of Count Dracula.

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

S: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at, where you will find the show notes as well as links to our blogs, videos, online forum, and other content. You can send us feedback or questions to Also, please consider supporting the SGU by visiting the store page on our website, where you will find merchandise, premium content, and subscription information. Our listeners are what make SGU possible.


Today I Learned[edit]

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