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Offline JohnM

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So, they don't talk about climate change in exactly he way you want them to, and they also talk about things that don't interest you?

Did you know that there are podcasts that talk about nothing but climate change, and probably in exactly the way you want?  SGU, however, does not seem to have ever been one of those.

SGU, as far as I can tell, is about a bunch of smart nerds talking about critical thinking and about topics that interest them.  Is there soemthing wrong with that??

If you can't be a bit skeptical of a skepticism podcast where can you be? I would hope the community welcomes reflection....

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I don't much care for Who's That Noisy, because I never have any idea what it could be, or even a silly guess to send in. I hated the long series of space-opera sci-fi "blaster" noises. But fortunately, the segment is short. So I don't mind it too much. And I keep hoping that some week I will be able to think of a silly answer to send in.
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Come to think of it, the SGU also seem to be in awe of Elon Musk to a degree that I'm not sure is justified. But I'm open to be convinced otherwise.
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Come to think of it, the SGU also seem to be in awe of Elon Musk to a degree that I'm not sure is justified. But I'm open to be convinced otherwise.

Elon Musk does interesting stuff with his fortune, but he is definitely fetishized.
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Come to think of it, the SGU also seem to be in awe of Elon Musk to a degree that I'm not sure is justified. But I'm open to be convinced otherwise.
I think that's mostly Jay. Jay is just kind of a fan boy all around though.
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They don't do climate change like they don't do biology; they don't know much about it and get hammered by experts on the forum.
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Which biology experts are you referring to?

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They don't do climate change like they don't do biology; they don't know much about it and get hammered by experts on the forum.

So Cara's Master's Degree in Biological Science, and her teaching Biology to students, and Steves medical degree don't make them qualified to discuss biology?  ???

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Come to think of it, the SGU also seem to be in awe of Elon Musk to a degree that I'm not sure is justified. But I'm open to be convinced otherwise.

Elon Musk does interesting stuff with his fortune, but he is definitely fetishized.

I like Elon Musk for running the company that built my car, because I really like my car. Unimaginably quick off the line (though now other Tesla models are quicker), sporty, fun to drive; and it's whisper-quiet and burns no gasoline.

OTOH, I think some of his ideas are far-fetched. IOW, he's a complicated guy. He is definitely a capable businessman, as his ventures have been quite successful.

They don't do climate change like they don't do biology; they don't know much about it and get hammered by experts on the forum.

So Cara's Master's Degree in Biological Science, and her teaching Biology to students, and Steves medical degree don't make them qualified to discuss biology?  ???

Lonely moa holds ideas on biology, particularly on nutrition, that are at odds with the "establishment," so, no, he does not feel that Cara or Steve understand these subjects.
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Strange as it may be, in a way I appreciate that the SGU aren't flawless. It reminds us that they are fallible humans just like the rest of us. They have their weaknesses and we should be skeptical even of the SGU, and I'm sure they would agree.
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Strange as it may be, in a way I appreciate that the SGU aren't flawless. It reminds us that they are fallible humans just like the rest of us. They have their weaknesses and we should be skeptical even of the SGU, and I'm sure they would agree.

I agree. Plus, flawless people don't exist and are boring anyway.
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Which biology experts are you referring to?

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He is definitely a capable businessman, as his ventures have been quite successful.

I suppose that depends on how you define "successful." He certainly has shown an aptitude for creating business models that capture the public imagination and inspire many billions of dollars in investment, but none of his ventures since PayPal have yet managed to turn a positive profit.

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I take that back. Tesla Motors has registered a profit for the first time in 2017.

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This is something I've been thinking about for a while and I'm interested in what other people think.

Now, of course, they are not in any way in denial of the science of climate change, however, I think there is a lack of knowledge about the implications as well as the urgency required

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I don't want to rant at for what is a free and fun podcast for which I'm very grateful! It's just something that's been on my mind for a few weeks.

John M..apologies if someone has already said this; but isn't it probably just the case that all of the big headlines, studies ( funding!) and discussion on this was a few years back? Not that it isn't massively important still but surely the SGU need to follow current topics. I can remember quite distinctly hearing a lot of climate change talk on the podcasts across a whole year or so.