SGU Episode 856

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SGU Episode 856
December 4th 2021
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SGU 855 SGU 857
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
Bill Murray, American actor & comedian
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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 (1:13)[edit]

  • Omicron variant

Special Segment: Today Jay Learned (9:43)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Sentient Cephalopods (21:33)[edit]

Self-Replicating Xenobots (32:16)[edit]

Pharmacists Recommending Homeopathy (43:24)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (51:55)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
First recording played by a PC--an Altair 8800, the first true PC, interfering with a radio signal, programed to "play" the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill" via that interference


New Noisy (59:50)[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

J: If you guys have any idea what this week's Noisy is, or if you heard something cool, something that is worthy of Who's That Noisy?, email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:00:27)[edit]

_consider_using_block_quotes_for_emails_read_aloud_in_this_segment_ with_reduced_spacing_for_long_chunks –

Follow-up: Spin Launch System[edit]

rocket equation

Science or Fiction (1:14:36)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction only four to challenger deep
Fiction beaked whales below 6000m
Science 20% of ocean floor mapped
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan 20% of ocean floor mapped
Jay beaked whales below 6000m
Cara 20% of ocean floor mapped
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: The Deep Ocean

Item #1: Only four people have visited the Challenger Deep, the deepest location on Earth at 10,928 meters and about 1,100 atmospheres of pressure, including filmmaker James Cameron.[4]
Item #2: We have mapped only 20% of the ocean floor, compared to 100% of the surface of Mars.[5]
Item #3: Cuvier's beaked whales (the deepest diving whales) have been spotted in the Mariana Trench at depths of over 6,000 meters.[6]


Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:28:20)[edit]

It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it's damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
Bill Murray, American actor & comedian

Note about episode releases & Signoff (1:29:19)[edit]

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

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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