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SGU Episode 851
October 30th 2021
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SGU 850 SGU 852
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
In many cases, flawed or misleading evidence is worse than no evidence at all. This is because the state of ignorance resulting from a lack of evidence is recognized as a state of ignorance, whereas the state of ignorance resulting from misleading evidence is not so recognized.
Vance Berger and Sunny Alperson, biostatistician and nurse practioner, resp.
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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 (2:35)[edit]

What’s the Word? (15:43)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Creepy Parasite (22:27)[edit]

Lab Grown Coffee (31:55)[edit]

Organoid Research (41:45)[edit]

Conspiracies and COVID (53:55)[edit]

Death by Exorcism (1:00:37)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:08:55)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
CNC (computer numerical control) machine inscribing measuring marks on sheet metal


New Noisy (1:12:46)[edit]

J: Alright, guys, I have a new Noisy for this week. This was sent in by a listener named Robert House—

E: —Doctor House?

J:and here it is:

[crackling whir in background, with animal-like squeaks and squawks, then higher-pitched whirring and hissing with pattering drops/beats]

Announcements (1:13:19)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:13:57)[edit]

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Email #1: Peak Uranium[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:27:07)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction gilles de rais
Science japanese spider crab
Science cotard's syndrome
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay japanese spider crab
Evan japanese spider crab
Bob japanese spider crab
Cara gilles de rais
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Creepy Science
Item #1: The Japanese spider crab has the largest leg span of any arthropod at over 12 feet (3.7 meters).[6]
Item #2: Cotard’s syndrome is a neurological disorder in which people believe they are dead and their body is rotting, they often refuse to eat and in some cases request to be taken to the morgue.[7]
Item #3: Lieutenant General Gilles de Rais, who served under General Washington during the revolutionary war, was later convicted of raping and dismembering over a hundred children (although the exact number is unknown) and was ultimately hanged for his crimes.[8]

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob'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 (1:47:11)[edit]

In many cases, flawed or misleading evidence is worse than no evidence at all. This is because the state of ignorance resulting from a lack of evidence is recognized as a state of ignorance, whereas the state of ignorance resulting from misleading evidence is not so recognized.

– Vance Berger and Sunny Alperson, biostatistician and nurse practioner, respectively, from their paper, "A General Framework for the Evaluation of Clinical Trial Quality"[9]

Signoff (1:48:20)[edit]

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

[blood-curdling scream sound]

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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