SGU Episode 849

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SGU Episode 849
October 16th 2021
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SGU 848 SGU 850
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella


Quote of the Week
-- We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it! We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes...knowing that we’re not going to kill today. (from Star Trek Episode 23, A Taste of Armageddon)

-- I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so, so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with a little green planet, a blue orb; it has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.
first quote: Captain Kirk
second: William Shatner
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Introduction[edit]

Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

COVID-19 Update (1:07)[edit]

Shatner in Space (9:30)[edit]

News Items[edit]

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B:

C:

J:

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

Mass Extinction 30 Million Years Ago (10:59)[edit]

Strange Radio Waves (20:36)[edit]

Plant Molecular Farming (30:54)[edit]

Neurofeedback Headbands (39:43)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (50:51)[edit]


New Noisy (55:31)[edit]

[resonating whir with intermittent loud and quiet vibrations]

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Announcements (56:26)[edit]

Email/Name That Logical Fallacy (57:06)[edit]


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Interview with Craig Good (1:09:27)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:31:27)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction surface water on venus
Science caramel olfactory receptor
Science cosmonauts & brain injury
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay caramel olfactory receptor
Bob surface water on venus
Cara surface water on venus
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A new analysis finds that Venus likely had surface liquid water 3.8 billion years ago.[5]
Item #2: Researchers have identified an olfactory receptor that is specific to caramel.[6]
Item #3: A new study of 5 Russian cosmonauts with long stays aboard the ISS finds that they have increased markers for brain injury and degeneration.[7]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quotes of the Week (1:43:36)[edit]

We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it! We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes...knowing that we’re not going to kill today.
James T. Kirk, Chief of Starfleet Operations, United Federation of Planets (from Star Trek Episode 23, A Taste of Armageddon)

I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so, so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with a little green planet, a blue orb; it has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.
William Shatner, Canadian actor, after his 2021 flight to space

Signoff (1:44:46)[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.

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