SGU Episode 896

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SGU Episode 896
September 10th 2022
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SGU 895 SGU 897
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

A good ghost story may hold entertainment and even cultural value, but the popular portrayal of pseudoscientific practices as science may be detracting from efforts to cultivate a scientifically literate public.

Micheal Knees, American engineering psychologist
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Show Notes
Forum Topic

Introduction, another Artemis launch scrubbed[edit]

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

Quickie with Bob: Frank Drake (15:00)[edit]

  • Frank Drake passes away [link_URL TITLE][1]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

News_Item_1 (18:51)[edit]

  • [link_URL TITLE][2]

News_Item_2 (27:16)[edit]

  • [link_URL TITLE][3]

HALO Effect (33:27)[edit]

News_Item_3 (43:45)[edit]

  • [link_URL TITLE][4]

News_Item_4 (57:14)[edit]

  • [link_URL TITLE][5]

Special Segment: Death by Pseudoscience (1:02:47)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:10:42)[edit]

J: ... similar to English's "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo [+ 3 'buffalos']"

...

C: (sing-song) Homonymy![note 1]

New Noisy (1:14:49)[edit]

[musical boings and dings]

J: ... If you think you know the answer or you have a cool Noisy you heard this week, you can email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.

Announcements (1:15:29)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:18:27)[edit]

Theme: Social Psychology

Item #1: A recent study finds that positive fortune-telling results in increased financial risk-taking for men but not for women.[6]
Item #2: A study of 5-years-olds finds that they perceive overweight people to be happier than thin people.[7]
Item #3: A study of college students finds that mask-wearing does not impair social interactions.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction overweight happier than thin
Science risk-taking men vs. women
Science
mask-wearing impairs not
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Bob
mask-wearing impairs not
Jay
mask-wearing impairs not
Evan
overweight happier than thin
Cara
overweight happier than thin

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

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan'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 (1:29:29)[edit]

A good ghost story may hold entertainment and even cultural value, but the popular portrayal of pseudoscientific practices as science may be detracting from efforts to cultivate a scientifically literate public.
Micheal Knees, engineering psychologist

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

Notes[edit]

  1. The emailer uses the wrong word, homonymy here. The preceding wikilink goes to the disambiguation entry for "Homophony"; the Wikitionary entry shows that "homophony" is the word the emailer should have used.

References[edit]

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Vocabulary[edit]


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