SGU Episode 769
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|SGU Episode 769|
|April 4th 2020|
|SGU 768||SGU 770|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|Quote of the Week|
|Having equal rights does not mean having equal talents, equal abilities, or equal knowledge. It assuredly does not mean that 'everyone's opinion about anything is as good as anyone else's.' And yet, this is now enshrined as the credo of a fair number of people, despite being obvious nonsense.|
|Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 5 Science or Fiction ()
- 6 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 7 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 8 Today I Learned
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Don’t Drink Poison ()
Decoding Speech from Brainwaves ()
Using Urine to Build a Moon Base ()
Evolution of Land Plants ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_
New Noisy ()
Science or Fiction ()
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: Superlative Animals
Item #1: The oldest living vertebrate is a Greenland shark, which is at least 272 years old. Females of the species do not reach breeding age until about 150 years old.
Item #2: The Australian mulga snake has the most potent venom known.[note 1]
Item #3: The European rabbit has the highest fecundity[v 1] of any mammal.
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
Having equal rights does not mean having equal talents, equal abilities, or equal knowledge. It assuredly does not mean that 'everyone's opinion about anything is as good as anyone else's.' And yet, this is now enshrined as the credo of a fair number of people, despite being obvious nonsense.
– Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- The BBC article about the Geography Cone is not listed in the show notes, but is provided as a reference for SoF Item #2, as it is more explanatory than the NatGeo article, which is also provided.
- AP: In Iran, false beliefs, poison fighting the virus kill hundreds
- Neurologica: Decoding Speech from Brainwaves
- Neurologica: Building Moon Bases Using Urine
- Quanta Magazine: Billion-Year-Old Algae and Newer Genes Hint at Land Plants’ Origin
- New Scientist: World’s oldest vertebrate is a shark that may live for 500 years
- BBC Earth: One animal is more venomous than any other
- NatGeo: Geography Cone
- BBC Earth: One animal has more babies than any other
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