SGU Episode 769

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SGU Episode 769
April 4th 2020
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SGU 768 SGU 770
Skeptical Rogues
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
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Introduction[edit]

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


COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Don’t Drink Poison ()[edit]

Decoding Speech from Brainwaves ()[edit]

Using Urine to Build a Moon Base ()[edit]

Evolution of Land Plants ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction venomous snake
Science old shark
Science fecund rabbit
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Evan fecund rabbit
Cara venomous snake
Jay old shark
Bob old shark
{{{rogue5}}} {{{answer5}}}

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.[5]
Item #2: The Australian mulga snake has the most potent venom known.[6][7][note 1]
Item #3: The European rabbit has the highest fecundity[v 1] of any mammal.[8]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara Response[edit]

Jay Response[edit]

Bob Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

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

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

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

S: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information, visit us at theskepticsguide.org. Send your questions to info@theskepticsguide.org. And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to patreon.com/SkepticsGuide and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.

Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

Notes[edit]

  1. 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.

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]

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