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SGU Episode 897
September 17th 2022
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SGU 896 SGU 898
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

If I want to know how we learn and remember and represent the world, I will go to psychology and neuroscience.
If I want to know where values come from, I will go to evolutionary biology and neuroscience and psychology, as Hume and Aristotle would have, were they alive.

Patricia Churchland, Canadian-American analytic philosopher
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Introduction, Black Mirror reflections[edit]

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

Cheating at Tournament Chess (1:09)[edit]

Is It Real: Ear Snake (16:08)[edit]

News Items[edit]

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

What Children Believe (21:18)[edit]

Health Effects of Gas Stoves (35:18)[edit]

Neanderthal Brains (46:55)[edit]

Synthetic Microbiome (58:43)[edit]

... encephalized [v 1]

UFO Videos Classified (1:10:03)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:23:35)[edit]


New Noisy (1:28:51)[edit]

[whooshing and deep woodwind-like tones and vibrations]

... some of you are going to get this,

Announcements (1:29:54)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:33:06)[edit]

Email #1: Climate Change Nihilism[edit]

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Science or Fiction (1:44:11)[edit]

Theme: 2022 Golden Goose Awards

Item #1: The development of laser LASIK surgery was inspired by a case of accidental laser injury to the eye, producing precise perfectly circular damage.[8]
Item #2: Researchers developed a powerful microscope out of paper that folds like origami, with total material costs less than $1.[9]
Item #3: While examining the properties of cone snail venom, researchers accidentally discovered that it is a potent inhibitor of HIV replication.[10]

Answer Item
Fiction snail venom inhibits hiv
Science powerful origami microscope
Science
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Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan
lasik from laser eye injury
Cara
lasik from laser eye injury
Bob
lasik from laser eye injury
Jay
snail venom inhibits hiv

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

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:57:48)[edit]

If I want to know how we learn and remember and represent the world, I will go to psychology and neuroscience. If I want to know where values come from, I will go to evolutionary biology and neuroscience and psychology, just as Aristotle and Hume would have, were they alive.

–Canadian-American analytic philosopher Patricia Churchland, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute

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]

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