SGU Episode 841

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SGU Episode 841
August 21st 2021
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SGU 840                      SGU 842

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

The goal of science is to make the wonderful and complex understandable and simple – but not less wonderful.

Herbert A. Simon, American economist, political scientist and cognitive psychologist 

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Voice-over: 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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Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

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

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Email #1: Animals that Cook ()[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:29:37)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Saturn has a rocky core
Science Auditory cortex's process
Covid college drinking
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Saturn has a rocky core
Auditory cortex's process
Saturn has a rocky core
Saturn has a rocky core

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Neuroscientists find that the auditory cortex processes linguistic and non-linguistic sound in parallel, rather than serial hierarchical processing as previously believed.[5]
Item #2: A study of seismic activity within Saturn that ripples through its gas layers indicates that Saturn has a large, mostly solid rocky core.[6]
Item #3: A new survey finds that alcohol drinking among college students actually decreased during the COVID pandemic.[7]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[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]

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