SGU Episode 878

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SGU Episode 878
May 7th 2022
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SGU 877 SGU 879
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common.
They don’t alter their views to fit the facts;
they alter the facts to fit their views.
1977 Doctor Who, fictional British TV Time Lord
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Show Notes
Forum Topic

Introduction, SGU turns 17, Favorite Memories[edit]

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

E: So this is the day when we're reminded that sand is coarse and it gets everywhere.

Jay's receives Critical Thinking Award (8:50)[edit]

Quickie with Bob (13:12)[edit]

  • Solar Gravitational Lens update

B: ... If you watched Episode 812 from early 2021, I entertainingly discussed the possibility of using the Sun as a solar gravitational lens.

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Sustainable Jet Fuel (17:41)[edit]

Dog Personality (29:14)[edit]

COVID and Cognitive Aging (44:19)[edit]

Fertilizer Shortage (54:42)[edit]


Cosmic Expansion (1:04:13)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:13:12)[edit]


New Noisy (1:18:12)[edit]

[machinery sounds, as of a jet engine or train rolling]

J: ... So if you think you know what this Noisy is, or if you heard something cool this week, email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.

Announcements (1:18:51)[edit]

J: Steve, a few things to talk about.

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:21:32)[edit]

Email #1: Lemuria[edit]

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Science or Fiction (1:27:10)[edit]

Theme: Critical Thinking

Item #1: A recent systematic review of belief in the paranormal finds a robust correlation with intuitive thinking, increased confirmation bias, and reduced conditional reasoning.[6]
Item #2: A recent study finds that the more certain subjects were about the future course of the pandemic the more likely they were to follow recommended preventive protocols.[7]
Item #3: Research consistently finds that people have an action bias – they will favor doing something over doing nothing even if it worsens outcomes.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction more certain, more likely
Science paranormal beliefs
Science people have an action bias
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Bob people have an action bias
Evan more certain, more likely
Jay more certain, more likely
Cara more certain, more likely
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Bob's Response[edit]

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 (1:42:34)[edit]

You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common.
They don’t alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views.
1977 Doctor Who, fictional British TV Time Lord

Signoff[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[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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