SGU Episode 855

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SGU Episode 855
November 27th 2021
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SGU 854 SGU 856
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
Guest
GH: George Grab, American musician & podcaster
Quote of the Week
The more connections you can make across an ever wider and more disparate range of knowledge, the more deeply you will understand something. Search engines and videogames do not provide that facility; nothing does, other than your own brain.
Susan A. Greenfield, English scientist and member of the House of Lords
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Introduction[edit]

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

Special Segment: Families, Vaccines, and Thanksgiving (4:19)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Russia Shoots Down Satellite (12:17)[edit]

Asteroid May Be Fragment of the Moon (21:54)[edit]

Loss Aversion (26:56)[edit]

Bank Robber Identified After 52 years (43:21)[edit]

Alex Jones Liable in Sandy Hook Hoax Case (49:20)[edit]

SpinLaunch (57:53)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:08:00)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction obscure laws
Science ancient civilization
Science ghost towns
Science stegosaurus fossil
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Bob ancient civilization
Evan obscure laws
Jay obscure laws
Cara ancient civilization
George ancient civilization

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

Theme: Colorado

Item #1: Evidence for the earliest occupation of the Colorado area by people go back 11,000 years, although the most famous ancient civilization of Mesa Verde is only about 700 years old.[7]
Item #2: Colorado is home to over 1,500 ghost towns, but only about 640 have visible physical remains.[8]
Item #3: Colorado is famous for having strange outdated laws on the books, such as it being illegal to drive a black car on Sunday or to loan your neighbor a vacuum cleaner.[9][10]
Item #4: Bonus item Steve didn't use: Although the Stegosaurus and the Apatosaurus were discovered near Morrison, Colorado, the first Stegosaurus skeleton now resides in New Haven, CT, in the Peabody Museum.[11]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

George's Response[edit]

Audience's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:20:14)[edit]

The more connections you can make across an ever wider and more disparate range of knowledge, the more deeply you will understand something. Search engines and videogames do not provide that facility; nothing does, other than your own brain
Susan A. Greenfield, English scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords

Signoff/Announcements (1:22:57)[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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