I just got back from a trip to the US where my friend and I had a LOT of hours to catch up on Podcasts. Since I have been trying to get him interested in SGU we listened to quite a few past episodes all the way up to the current one.
It wasn't long before my friend said, "The only part of this show I don't like is this science or fiction part!"
Even though I agreed with him I asked him why. He responded with, "Because I don't get what the point is. Why are we listening to them repeat the same thing for like 10 mintues?"
I have to say I agree. Listening to the panel repeat the same things over again is the same thing as dead air in my opinion. I understand the idea is to show in some way how to think skeptically, but I just don't think it's having the desired effect.
While it is interesting to find out what is in fact science or fiction, I really believe the time could be better spent on something that is passing along information to the listeners. If you think about it, we never actually learn anything while they're deciding which one to pick, nor are we really learning how to think critically.
Unless I am mistaken, being skeptical is not the same as guessing which things are real and which are fake in this world based on how plausible they sound. If the segment was simply a quick, "I pick 2" "I pick 3" and then it was revealed then it would at least go quick enough that everyone at home who has already made their choice doesn't have to listen to, "ummm, well...that sound like it was thrown in to fool us!" and so forth.
Anyway, I would like to see the segment shaved off, or replaced personally. For people with limited time (or more than one podcast to listen to) it can get a little lengthy.
Anyway, what do you guys think?