SGU Episode 655

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SGU Episode 655
January 27th 2018
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SGU 654 SGU 656
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

The borderlines between genuine science and pseudoscience may be fuzzy, but this should be even more of a call for careful distinctions, based on systematic facts and sound reasoning. To try a modicum of turtle blood here and a little aspirin there is not the hallmark of wisdom and even-mindedness. It is a dangerous gateway to superstition and irrationality.

Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry,

Italian and Belgian philosophers and skeptics, respectively

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Forum Topic

Introduction, Back-to-back recordings, Hawaii, "Blue Planet"[edit]

Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

What's the Word? (3:12)[edit]

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News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (7:10)[edit]

Space Lasers (19:48)[edit]

Rainbow Dinosaur (28:25)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (37:04)[edit]

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Email #1: Denying Depression[edit]

Interview with Richard Saunders (56:16)[edit]

  • Skeptical podcasting and conspiracy theories

Science or Fiction (1:22:58)[edit]

Theme: The Milky Way

Item #1: If you viewed the Milky Way edge on it would appear like a perfectly straight band about 10 thousand light years thick with a bulge in the middle.[4]
Item #2: The Milky Way has three rings, comprised of streams of millions of stars.[5]
Item #3: The Milky Way is estimated to be 13.6 billion years old, almost as old as the universe itself at 13.7 billion years.[6]

Answer Item
Fiction on edge a straight band
Science three rings of star streams
Science
almost as old as universe
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Evan
almost as old as universe
Jay
three rings of star streams
Cara
on edge a straight band
Bob
almost as old as universe

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

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:43:25)[edit]

The borderlines between genuine science and pseudoscience may be fuzzy, but this should be even more of a call for careful distinctions, based on systematic facts and sound reasoning. To try a modicum of turtle blood here and a little aspirin there is not the hallmark of wisdom and even-mindedness. It is a dangerous gateway to superstition and irrationality.
Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry, Italian and Belgian philosophers and skeptics, respectively

Pangolins & TCM (1:44:35)[edit]

Signoff[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 theskepticsguide.org, 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 info@theskepticsguide.org. 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.

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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Vocabulary[edit]

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