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Episode #287
« on: January 15, 2011, 12:42:30 PM »
Guest Rogue: Phil Plait
News Items: Molten Exoplanet, BMJ Slams Wakefield, Creationist Teacher Fired, Galactic Black Holes
Who's That Noisy
Your Questions and E-mails: Nassim Haramein
Name That Logical Fallacy
Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 12:43:24 PM »
Thanks for the podcast!

Got to stop the skeptic zone now, and switch. Good problem to have. I am digging this food safety guy. He will be there when we are done with an escape to reality.



Thanks to Phil to cluing me in that there was this thing called skepticism.
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 12:56:51 PM »
WTN is Tiggy the Talking Cat.
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 01:06:52 PM »
Question: Red Dwarf stars, are there different types? I mean aren't they the carbon core left after a star goes giant and sheds off the planetary nebula?
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 01:10:33 PM »
No and no. They are just little stars.
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 01:20:52 PM »
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 01:23:10 PM »
Quote from: phil plait
Don't publish crap science.

Sound advice. Got any foolproof method for recognizing crap science?
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2011, 01:42:34 PM »


Massive Coment? or.... / Physicist Nassim Haramein / =o
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011, 01:47:40 PM »
Gummybears.
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2011, 02:24:04 PM »
great, now I have to buy a shirt...

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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2011, 03:08:31 PM »

At 52:40:
Phil: "Was it Linus Pauling who said 'This wasn't even wrong'?"

Apparently that wasn't the chemist Linus Pauling, it was physicist Wolfgang Pauli: "This isn't right. It's not even wrong."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=wronger-than-wrong

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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2011, 03:13:40 PM »
I think the Who's That Noisy? this week is the vocalizations of a cat.
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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 03:15:12 PM »
I love it when the guys were making fun of Twilight
you guys should do it more often.


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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 03:45:28 PM »
In support of the law of large numbers (SGU listeners) when WTN came on (instantly recognisable as a cat) and Bob mentioned window-lickers for no apparent reason, my cat (Jules Verne) was licking the condensation off my bedroom window (a perfectly cromulent behaviour for a species originating in arid regions).  In order to work out the math I'd need to know the frequency with which the term 'window-lickers' comes up.

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Re: Episode #287
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2011, 04:02:17 PM »
Mea culpa. On the fly, I'm glad I got 70% of his name right.


At 52:40:
Phil: "Was it Linus Pauling who said 'This wasn't even wrong'?"

Apparently that wasn't the chemist Linus Pauling, it was physicist Wolfgang Pauli: "This isn't right. It's not even wrong."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=wronger-than-wrong
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http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy

 

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