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SGU Episode 853
November 13th 2021
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SGU 852 SGU 854
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
When people see a story as an external object, then someone challenging the story is just making an intellectual argument. But when believers identify with a story, someone challenging the story is a personal threat. And since our brains are notoriously bad at distinguishing between our psychological identity and our physical body, the personal threat doesn’t feel like an insult—it feels like danger.
Tim Urban, writer/illustrator
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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 (1:17)[edit]

  • New Antivirals

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Moon Return Delayed (11:59)[edit]

Brain Stimulation Treatment (18:27)[edit]

Carbon to Rock (33:49)[edit]

Astronaut Brain Damage (44:42)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (52:05)[edit]


New Noisy (55:42)[edit]

[constant electronic droning sound with MIDI-like tones playing a melody]

J: So if you think you know what this week's Noisy is or, please, if you've heard something cool

Announcements (56:39)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (59:45)[edit]

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Email(s) #1: Organic Farming[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:18:52)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction eyewitness identification consistency
Science human neurons differ from mammals'
Science
sun-like stars engulfing systems
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan
sun-like stars engulfing systems
Jay
eyewitness identification consistency
Bob
eyewitness identification consistency
Cara
eyewitness identification consistency

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

Item #1: MIT scientists find that human neurons differ from all other mammalian neurons tested, having a significantly lower density of ion channels.[5]
Item #2: A new analysis suggests that as many as 35% of sun-like stars may engulf and consume their planetary system.[6]
Item #3: A new study finds that eyewitness identification can have greater accuracy with multiple testing to demonstrate consistency.[7]


Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:36:24)[edit]

When people see a story as an external object, then someone challenging the story is just making an intellectual argument. But when believers identify with a story, someone challenging the story is a personal threat. And since our brains are notoriously bad at distinguishing between our psychological identity and our physical body, the personal threat doesn’t feel like an insult—it feels like danger.
– Tim Urban, writer/illustrator and editor of Wait But Why website

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 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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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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