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Would you rather have the author of the skeptical quote stated before the quote or after?

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Offline Steven Novella

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Skeptical Quote Survey
« on: May 10, 2008, 04:20:19 PM »
Tell us whether you want the author of the skeptical quote of the week read before the quote itself or after.
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2008, 04:29:07 PM »
I prefer after. That way the quote can be judged by its own merits, without any preconceived bias for or against the author tainting the message.
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2008, 04:47:52 PM »
After, and better yet.

Say the quote at the beginning of the show, and give the author near the end.
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2008, 05:44:01 PM »
Quote from: Evil Eye
Say the quote at the beginning of the show, and give the author near the end.

That's going to make Jay's delivery of the author's name even more random! Heh heh.

   Steve - Congratulations on winning science or fiction this week, Bob.

   Bob - Thank you, Steve.

   Jay - CARL SAGAN!!!

   Steve - And until next week....



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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2008, 08:00:48 PM »
Don't really care either way, but I do think Jay should do all future quotes with his James Mason impression.

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 03:02:40 PM »
I agreed with Jay's reasoning for having it before, but if the fans want it after than so be it.

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 06:15:38 PM »
Quote from: Evil Eye
Say the quote at the beginning of the show, and give the author near the end.

That's going to make Jay's delivery of the author's name even more random! Heh heh.

   Steve - Congratulations on winning science or fiction this week, Bob.

   Bob - Thank you, Steve.

   Jay - CARL SAGAN!!!

   Steve - And until next week....



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I third this idea. A great way to start off and a wacky way (MAX PLANK!!) to finish.
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008, 01:08:40 AM »
After.

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008, 05:43:09 AM »
I prefer after. That way the quote can be judged by its own merits, without any preconceived bias for or against the author tainting the message.
I agree.
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 01:13:52 PM »
Saying it before gives it better context. I like context.

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2008, 01:20:09 PM »
Don't really care either way, but I do think Jay should do all future quotes with his James Mason impression.
I think Jay should do an entire podcast in that voice.

Also, I consider the skeptical quote to be kind of a weak segment.  Jay reads the quote, says the name in a funny voice, there's some general back-patting from the panel about how great the quoted person was/is, and that's about it.  The quote can't really provoke any discussion, because it's usually general and lacks context.  In isolation like that, the quotes have about the same utility as cliches or maxims - that is, very little.  On the other hand, at least the segment is short.

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2008, 01:23:53 PM »
Don't really care either way, but I do think Jay should do all future quotes with his James Mason impression.
I think Jay should do an entire podcast in that voice.
I just listened to the quote from episode 146 again. Jay really does sound like James Mason.


I like James Mason.  ;D
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008, 04:01:46 PM »
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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008, 04:48:13 PM »
How about...

Carl "For me, it is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" Sagan

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Re: Skeptical Quote Survey
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008, 05:29:06 PM »
Also, I consider the skeptical quote to be kind of a weak segment.  Jay reads the quote, says the name in a funny voice, there's some general back-patting from the panel about how great the quoted person was/is, and that's about it.  The quote can't really provoke any discussion, because it's usually general and lacks context.  In isolation like that, the quotes have about the same utility as cliches or maxims - that is, very little.  On the other hand, at least the segment is short.

I disagree, this segment is not weak at all. It may not provoke any meaningful discussion on the show (which is likely why it's at the end), but it encourages listeners to ponder the statement and maybe learn more about the person who said/wrote it. Personally, I have found myself, on more than one occasion, not knowing much about the person quoted. Upon hearing the name and the quote, I then do a quick bit of research on the person, and usually end up adding a few more books to my "to-be-read" list.

 

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