SGU Episode 797
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|SGU Episode 797|
|October 17th 2020|
|SGU 796||SGU 798|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|BW: Brian Wecht|
|PT: Paul Thibado|
|Quote of the Week|
|All models are wrong, but some are useful.|
|George Box, British statistician|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 5 Interview with Paul Thibado ()
- 6 Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()
- 7 Science or Fiction ()
- 8 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 9 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 10 Today I Learned
- 11 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Excess Deaths from Pandemic ()
When Satellites Collide ()
- Russian Satellite and Chinese Rocket at 'Very High Risk' of Colliding, Could Make Big Mess in Space
Humans Evolving Extra Blood Vessel ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_
New Noisy ()
Interview with Paul Thibado ()
Email #1: Time ()
(Transcriptionist’s note: We normally lightly edit the text of original emails, but given this one's general kookiness, we're leaving it unedited.)
I send this information to journalists/editors worldwide and I hope that you will share it as well, the students/public/governments don't realize that millions of physicists are fooling humanity. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 is the second Nobel Prize in Physics for something that cannot exist (gravitational wave and a massive black hole), and that is a disgrace. Even a layman can see that the following is correct, nobody will be able to refute this. I can claim that gravity affects you because I can see or detect you, because I know what you are, because I know that you exist. If I cannot see or detect you then I cannot claim that gravity affects you, that claim would be a lie. Physicists cannot see or detect time, they don't know what time is, and that means that they don't even know if time exists. So physicists must not claim that gravity affects time, that is a lie. Millions of physicists/astronomers claim that spacetime is a merger of space and time while they don't even know what time is, so can physicists explain and prove what time is? (NO). Look around you, milions of physicists know that they cannot see or detect time. So they cannot know what time is and they cannot know if time exists, and that means that physicists must not claim that time dilates or that spacetime exists. Many theories and millions of papers are incorrect if time doesn't dilate and if spacetime doesn't exist, and a lot of research is based on those incorrect/fraudulent papers. Einstein didn't know what time was, he used clocktime and that is not real. Physicists claim that many experiments prove that time dilates, but that is impossible if they don't know what time is. When a clock runs faster in an experiment then physicists claim that time dilates, but when I ask them if time stops if I remove the battery during that experiment then they are silent. They realize that a clock doesn't represent real time, a clock represents non-real time. So theories like Einstein's theory of gravity and general/special relativity (including E=mc2), time dilation, spacetime, GRAVITATIONAL WAVES, MASSIVE BLACK HOLES, string theory, dark matter, etc are incorrect if time doesn't dilate and if spacetime doesn't exist, a lot of research and education is based on incorrect/fraudulent theories (for more than 100 years). Investigate my claim, it only takes one simple question. Ask physicists if they can explain and prove what time is, that is impossible because they cannot detect time. Millions of physicists are lying because they act as if they know what time is, but they lie because they were brainwashed with fraudulent claims/theories when they were a student. So it's important that physicists admit that they don't know what time is for the sake of the students and humanity, they need to break that devastating vicious circle. Physicists/universities/institutes purposely ignore me, they are silent because the truth undermines their interests but their silence undermines the interests of humanity. Don't fool yourself, nobody knows what time is.
– Best regards, Peter Raktoe
Email #2: Traffic ()
I am a traffic engineer and love your podcast. Listening to your last podcast regarding electric cars, the impact of traffic on climate change, and the possible use of loan cars as part of the solution made me cringe a bit, especially the optimistic view of self drive and the timeframe of these vehicles being widely used. I suggest you do a deep dive into the world of traffic, as I think you will be surprised and find it quite interesting.
– Wayne Amos Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||cruising for parking|
|Science||increasing road capacity|
|Science||self-driving car service|
|Brian||cruising for parking|
|Jay||cruising for parking|
|Cara||cruising for parking|
|Bob||self-driving car service|
|Evan||cruising for parking|
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Item #1: Careful examination of traffic patterns reveals that, on average, 30% of all traffic in New York City is cruising for a parking space.
Item #2: Multiple studies indicate that increasing road capacity does not reduce traffic in the long run and in some cases may worsen it.
Item #3: Research shows that self-driving cars as a service would significantly increase traffic congestion.
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
All models are wrong, but some are useful.
– George Box (1919-2013), British statistician
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- University of Arkansas Department of Physics: Paul Thibado
- Neurologica: Excess Deaths From Pandemic Higher Than Official Numbers
- Newsweek: Russian Satellite and Chinese Rocket at 'Very High Risk' of Colliding, Could Make Big Mess in Space
- Live Science: More humans are growing an extra blood vessel in our arm that 'feeds' our hands, study shows
- ScienceDaily: Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene
- Parking Today Media: Is 30 Percent of Traffic Cruising for Parking?
- Streetsblog USA: The Science Is Clear: More Highways Equals More Traffic. Why Are DOTs Still Ignoring It?
- Business Insider: Self-driving cars could actually make congestion much worse
- [url_for_TIL publication: title]