SGU Episode 785

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SGU Episode 785
July 25th 2020
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SGU 784 SGU 786
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella


Quote of the Week
Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.
Sheri S. Tepper, American novelist
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Show Notes
Forum Topic


Introduction[edit]

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


COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

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

Human Curiosity ()[edit]

Twitter Bans QAnon ()[edit]

Uncuttable Material ()[edit]

Bunny "Ebola" ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Yoshi vocalizations

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

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

Question #1: Shellenberger Letter ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction goosebumps
Science mammal brains
Science rock shape
Host Result
Rogue Guess
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A new analysis of 130 mammalian species finds that brain overall connectivity and connection efficiency are conserved across all species tested.[6]
Item #2: Scientists have discovered that goosebumps are conserved in humans because they protect the skin from frostbite.[7]
Item #3: Researchers have found that the average shape of natural rock fragments is a cube.[8]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

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[Host] Explains [Item #][edit]

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Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.
Sheri S. Tepper (1929-2016), American novelist

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

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]


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