SGU Episode 805

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SGU Episode 805
December 12th 2020
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SGU 804                      SGU 806

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

That which parents should take care of (here) is to distinguish between the wants of fancy, and those of nature.

John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

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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]

Chuck Yeager Dies at 97 ()[edit]

The Smellicopter ()[edit]

COVID Anti-Vaxxers ()[edit]

Are We Ready for Aliens ()[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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Question_Email_Correction #1: Protein Folding ()[edit]

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • More on "Slippery Slope"

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Dog language ability
Science Honey bees use a tool
Inherited eye disorder
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Dog language ability
Dog language ability
Inherited eye disorder
Dog language ability

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: In the first instance of honey bees using a tool, they have been found to deliberately cover their nest entrance with animal feces in order to repel giant hornets.[5]
Item #2: In a new study of canine language ability, dogs demonstrated the ability to differentiate even words that differ by a single phoneme.[6]
Item #3: In a breakthrough study, a genetic therapy for an inherited mitochondrial eye disorder found that injecting the gene vector into one eye improved vision in both eyes.[7]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

That which parents should take care of (here) is to distinguish between the wants of fancy, and those of nature.
John Locke (1632-1704), from Some Thoughts Concerning Education, 1693

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[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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