SGU Episode 948
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|SGU Episode 948|
|September 9th 2023|
"Some are trying to unlock geothermal energy by using techniques from the fracking boom." 
|S: Steven Novella|
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
AB: Anna Blakney,
|Quote of the Week|
Not bound by facts, the hoax is free to fabricate feelings & the genres associated with them; it's this artfulness and ambiguity that help explain [its] popularity.
Kevin Young, American poet
Introduction, past Dragon Cons; AI brain interpretation of song
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
J: ...fully intimidated by artificial intelligence, because--
S: --Well, let's talk about that, Jay, since that's my news item. Let's just slide right into that.
ChatGPT Performs at University Level (6:31)
S: We've talked about...
Geothermal Energy (21:59)
Failed Star (31:55)
Doctor and NDEs (43:55)
- I've studied more than 5,000 near death experiences. My research has convinced me without a doubt that there's life after death.
Who's That Noisy? (51:54)
New Noisy (55:29)
[Eerie mechanical gums, groans, and screeches]
Interview with Anna Blakney (58:26)
- SciComm and Vaccines
Science or Fiction (1:29:34)
Theme: Negative results
Item #1: A study of the use of augmented reality glasses in social interactions found no significant impact.
Item #2: A recent Finnish study found that the type and amount of fungus (molds and yeast) found in the home of young children do not correlate with the risk of developing asthma.
Item #3: A study following children from age 10 to 16 did not find any correlation between social media use and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
|Fiction||Use of AR glasses|
|Science||Fungus & asthma risk|
Social media & depression
|Social media & depression|
|Use of AR glasses|
|Fungus & asthma risk|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:42:22)
Not bound by facts, the hoax is free to fabricate feelings and the genres associated with them- it is this artfulness and ambiguity that help explain [its] popularity.
– Kevin Young (1970-present), American poet and the director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, from Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (2017)
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- NYT: There's a Vast Source of Clean Energy Beneath Our Feet. And a Race to Tap It.
- Neurologica: ChatGPT Performs At University Level
- Space.com: 'Failed star' with radiation belt could be a big deal for astronomy. Here's why.
- Yahoo News: I've studied more than 5,000 near death experiences. My research has convinced me without a doubt that there's life after death.
- DIS '23: Negotiating Dyadic Interactions through the Lens of Augmented Reality Glasses
- Annals of the American Thoracic Society: Fungi in Early-Life House Dust Samples and the Development of Asthma: A Birth Cohort Study
- Elsevier: Social media behaviors and symptoms of anxiety and depression. A four-wave cohort study from age 10–16 years.
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