SGU Episode 804

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SGU Episode 804
December 5th 2020
SGU 803 SGU 805
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella

Quote of the Week
If you think back on all the movies that you’ve ever seen where there are goodies and baddies, you always remember the baddie.
David Prowse, English bodybuilder and character actor
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Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

Have Archaeologists Found the Home of Jesus? ()[edit]

Ancient Seeds ()[edit]

Treatment for Progeria ()[edit]

Protein Folding ()[edit]

ISS Longevity ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]


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

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Follow-up #1: Principia ()[edit]

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • Slippery Slope

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction personal finances
Science cared for animal rights
Science assassination attempts
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay assassination attempts
Bob personal finances
Evan personal finances
Cara personal finances

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Adolf Hitler
Item #1: Unscrupulous in amassing power, Hitler was, however, fastidious about personal finances, and had modest personal income and wealth from his government salary.[6]
Item #2: Although there is some debate about how consistent he was, Hitler was a vegetarian based on principles of animal rights.[7]
Item #3: Historians document at least 42 assassination attempts against Hitler, all of which were foiled, failed, or had to be abandoned.[8]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

If you think back on all the movies that you’ve ever seen where there are goodies and baddies, you always remember the baddie.
David Prowse (1935-2020), English bodybuilder and character actor (including Darth Vader)

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 Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to 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



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