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2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:14:36 PM »
It's time again for you our listeners to give us your favorite bits from this years show.

Give us your vote for the following categories:

Best Episode
Best Guest/Interview
Funniest moment
Best Who's That Noisy?
Best Quote
Best Science news story of the year
Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
Most unexpected scientific discovery
Most unbelievable but true Science or Fiction story
Jackass of the Year
Skeptic of the Year
Your psychic prediction for 2010

Thanks for your help!!!
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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2011, 12:59:40 AM »
Most unexpected scientific discovery: Neutrinos violate causality.
Jackass of the Year: Viscount Monkton of Brenchley.

Your psychic prediction for 2011:

The superluminal speed of Neutrinos will be repeated a third time at CERN, after further improvements to the experimental setup, but the results will not be reproduced at other locations until 2013.

The theoretical explanation for the results will not rise to consensus amongst the scientific community until 2023, when predictions of the new theory are tested.

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2011, 01:15:54 AM »
Best Episode: #290  It hooked me on the podcast and brought me here, mostly thanks to the discussion with the guest rogue that was a great example of what a discussion between people who seem to disagree should be, and comments by Steve later in the episode that touched on what such a good discussion entails.

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011, 02:17:53 AM »
Best interview: Paul Provenza. If only we could all communicate like him.
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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 09:55:18 PM »

Best Episode
SGU24.  Because of the effort.

Best Guest/Interview
1st: Lawrence Krauss.
2nd: Neil deGrasse Tyson.
3rd: Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde

Funniest moment
Story about young Steve and Bob peeing into the electrical outlets.

Best Who's That Noisy?
Under the antarctic ice.

Best Quote
I think it was this year:  "CAM practitioners use statistics like a drunkard uses a lampost, not for illumination, but for support."  I used this myself in a room full of homeopaths and received a sharp intake of breath.

Best Science news story of the year
I liked the printed solar panels.  If the Higgs Boson isn't found this Tuesday, but that shouldn't count.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
1st: American Publishers don't publish books like Paranormality. "Need to have ghosts and shit be real, Richard please".
2nd:Dr. Oz and his arsenic apples.  Even when the FDA explains it to him he just imagines the end of the original Star Trek series' episode 'The Eden Way'.
3rd:Pox posting is cool.

Most unexpected scientific discovery
FTL Neutrinos.  If however it's not considered a discovery yet then the batteries with lots of holes drilled in them being loads better.

Most unbelievable but true Science or Fiction story
There are LOADS of these I can't remember.  I daren't remember because I will probably confusedly remember the fictional versions.  Need a list.

Jackass of the Year
1st: The pope.  "Hey, all you athiests are psychopathic".  Also gets a priest abused guy to seemingly apologise to him on that London tour.
2nd:  Harold Camping.
3rd:Dawkins for that amazingly condescending message.  Way to alienate people.  I have defended his ways before because his opponents are just so much worse.  But I was gobsmacked whilst reading that thing.

Your psychic prediction for 2011
Steve Jobs' body is exhumed and then reburied in a new coffin that's 33% thinner.

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 02:11:40 AM »
Best interview: Mark Mervine on the Japan nuclear plan troubles. Not all the skeptical in nature, but a really good and informative interview.

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 09:58:50 AM »
Yes, the Japan reactor conversation.   What a difference legitimate fear felt from the fake kind, learning about how those reactors go down.   Afterwards I knew what to watch for in the news. 

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 10:34:09 AM »
The funniest moment was definitely Jay's meltdown during SoF.
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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2011, 05:52:50 PM »
Jackass of the Year.  Ray Comfort.  His 180 crap is about as offensive and absurd as can be. 
People are so used to criticizing religion in whispers, that a normal voice, sounds like a shout.

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2011, 01:52:04 PM »
Best Episode: I loved the 24 hour show, but one of my favorite regular shows was the one that was posted that weekend. Lots of great banter. And I actually missed it initially because I figured the 24h live show would replace the regular format. I don't know where you guys get the energy.

Best Guest/Interview: I'm gonna go with Paul Provenza too. I just watched Northern Exposure again, and there's just something so likeable about that guy.

Best Science news story of the year: Too many to choose from. But as a bit of a climate geek the BEST climate study was a nice one. The results are not particularly surprising, but it's fun to wave it in the faces of those who swore that they'd accept the results of that study, and then, yaknow, obviously didn't when it didn't fit their own predetermined conclusions.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim: Pox parties/postings. That's some coocoo woowoo.

Most unexpected scientific discovery: FTL Neutrinos, but then I'm still very skeptical about their actual existence.

Jackass of the Year: Even though he hasn't gotten much attention on the SGU, I'm with Bored Wombat on this one. Monckton has really gone above and beyond the call of duty this year.

Skeptic of the Year: Christopher Hitchens, he kept going right until the end.

Your psychic prediction for 2010: The aforementioned Hitchens rises from the dead and finally starts the zombie apocalypse. In style.
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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 04:50:10 PM »
Best Who's That Noisy?

Episode 287 at 0:45:47:

Steve: “Evan, get us up to date on Who’s That Noisy?”
Evan: “Yeah, why don’t we play last week’s Who’s That Noisy? Here we go.”
Rebecca: “Yeah, let’s.”
“No, no, no, no! None of these books have a cure. Ugh! There has to be a real reason for this! An illness, an allergy...”
“A curse!”
“I said a real reason. Something that points to something real!”
“How about this one?”
“Supernaturals? Spike, the word ‘supernatural’ refers to things like ghosts, and spirits, and zombies, which are as make-believe as curses!”
Evan: “Okay.”
Bob: “Except the zombies.”
Jay: “So who is that noisy?”
Rebecca: “I know who it is.”
Evan: “Alright, Rebecca.”
Rebecca: “It’s My Little Pony! It’s only like the best toy ever.”
Evan: “That’s right! It is right. That’s exactly correct.”
Rebecca: “I had tons of My Little Ponies as a kid, and that’s what made me a skeptic today.
Steve: “I’m not shocked by that at all.”
Rebecca: “Not actually true, but I did have a ton of My Little Ponies.”
Jay: “There was a My Little Ponies cartoon?!”
Evan: “Oh, several, Jay. There have been several.”
Rebecca: “Yeah! It used to come on right after Gummy Bears.”
Phil: “Wait, Gummy Bears was a show?”
Rebecca: “What? Come on: ‘♫Gummy Bears, bouncing here and there.♫’”
Jay: “You just made that up.”
Rebecca: “No, I swear to god. ‘♫Bouncing here and there and everywhere.♫’”
Steve: “So what were they talking about in that little clip?”
[All laughing]
Phil: “You know, stuff, and things with the stuff.”
Jay: “Basically the Gummy Bears were talking about how not to get eaten.”
Rebecca: “No! The My Little Ponies!”
Evan: “I did not watch the entire episode, but the moral of the story was that the solution was in the-, you know, that going to look for a solution to a problem using a paranormal book is not a good thing to do. And thank you, by the way, to Adam from the Reality Check podcast who brought that to our attention.”
Jay: “Oh cool, hey Adam!”
Steve: “Thanks, Adam. Did anybody guess it right?”
Evan: “Yeah, absolutely, someone did get it right.”
Jay: “And her name was Rebecca Watson.”
Rebecca: “It was me!”
Evan: “His name was Wolpertinger from the message boards, was the only one to guess correctly.”
Steve: “He should be ashamed of himself.”
Jay: “He should see a doctor about that.”
Evan: “Even got the name of the pony: Twilight Sparkle.”
Bob: “Oh boy.”
Jay: “Oh, no.”
Phil: “Twilight Sparkle? Can they sue?”
Steve: “You like Twilight Sparkle?”
Phil: “Can they sue Stephenie Meyer? Twilight Sparkly Vampire!”
Jay: “So basically Evan, what you’re saying is that Wolpertinger wherever he is right now, might be wearing an ‘I love my pony’ T-shirt, or whatever that is.”
Evan: “The T-shirt actually reads, ‘Everything I Learned about Skepticism, I Learned from My Little Pony.”
Rebecca: “That’s so true.”
Phil: “That’s ridiculous, because honestly, everyone knows Hello Kitty is a lot better.”
Rebecca: “What?! Get out of here.”
Evan: “Is Hello Kitty very skeptical?”
Rebecca: “No! Hello Kitty is just a cheap marketing ploy.”
Steve: “Unlike My Little Pony.”
Phil: “Well, I’ve been put in my place.”
Rebecca: “My Little Ponies had content!”
Steve: “And stuff.”

Best Quote

Episode 292 at 34:00:

Steve: “There is nothing magical about science. It is simply a systematic way for carefully and thoroughly observing nature, and using consistent logic to evaluate results. So which part of that exactly do you disagree with? Do you disagree with being thorough? Using careful observation? Being systematic? Or using consistent logic?”

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 12:08:25 AM »
Hah!! That who's that noisy conversation get's my vote for "funniest moment."
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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2011, 12:41:21 PM »
Best guest - the nuclear engineer (Mark Mervine?) discussing Japan's post-tsunami situation. Very informative. I followed him on Skepchick and he was great. Thanks for getting him on as an interview.

Most unexpected "discovery" - and I'll put discovery in quotes for the time being, faster-than-light neutrinos. Also, the diamond planet.

Best science news story - efforts to include creationism in Texas school curriculum totally flops. 

Jackass OTY - Harold Camping. 

Skeptic OTY - might have to go with Hitch, but maybe Rhys Morgan, the kid who has been getting bullied by the Burzynski Clinic for criticizing their cancer "cure."

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 04:18:53 PM »
Best episode - SGU 24
Best guest - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Funniest moment - Watching people nod off during SGU 24
Best science news - FTL neutrinos
Outrageous claim - Ken Ring and the supermoon
Unexpected discovery - FTL neutrinos (although, I expect this to be overturned)
Jackass - Harold Camping
Skeptic of the Year - Christopher Hitchens
Psychic prediction - The world will not end in 2012

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Re: 2011 Show Wrap Up Special
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 05:05:35 PM »
This is hard, because it was a year with so many highlights, but here's a few nominations.

Best Episode
323 - I can listen to this one over and over

Best Guest/Interview
Sara Mayhew and Joshie Berger were the most entertaining. Neil Tyson was the most inspiring.

Funniest moment
Urination stories from 323

Best Science news story of the year
More and more earthlike exoplanets, with the promise of many more to come

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
Harold Camping's end of the world

Jackass of the Year
Burzynski, for threatening bloggers - the Streisand effect should be renamed in his honour.

Skeptics of the Year
The science/skeptical blogging community which made it so difficult for companies to bully individual bloggers