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Offline Steven Novella

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Episode #655
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:01:37 AM »
Interview with Richard Saunders; What’s the Word: Altricial; News Items: CES 2018, Space Lasers, Rainbow Dinosaur; Your Questions and E-mails: Denying Depression; Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2018, 11:24:59 AM »
Steve,

It appears that the premium feed cuts off after 5 minutes.
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2018, 11:47:39 AM »
Yup. 4:18 to be 'pendantic' har har har. /dadjoke
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 02:52:03 PM »
The entire ad free file is there now.

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2018, 06:36:29 PM »
Blue Planet II was amazing.  Especially narrated by Sir David himself. 
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2018, 07:28:19 AM »
Is it just me, or does the most recent episode not show up on the website?
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 08:55:45 AM »
listening to the Richard Saunders interview, and as they were talking about the si-fi/conspiracy movie where the world is actually flat, but the conspiracy is that it's really round just reminded me of the Terry Pratchett book 'Small Gods' which is based upon a flat earth, but the main religion of the nation that is the topic of the book preaches that the world is round...

The Turtle Moves...  ;)

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2018, 12:03:00 PM »
I don't think "altricious" needs to be insulting.  You could use it to refer to "late bloomers", either who just needed some time to get their life in order, or who achieved success later in life.  E.g., "Leonard Cohen was an altricious singer-songwriter."

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2018, 12:22:16 PM »
Heard Cara mention having visual migraines today.  I believe that is something I've been dealing with the past 5 or so years (since I started working at a computer full time).

I get these blind spots in my field of vision surrounded by a zig zagging flashing rainbow.  Sometimes the flashing zig zags surround the entire blind spot, sometimes they only cover one side.  Sometimes they start off small and grow in size, other times they start off large.  When I researched it, I came accross the term visual aura which are associated with occular migraines/absent migraines.  Searching images for "visual aura" was pretty compelling for me, the images that come up depict pretty accurately what I experience (some more than others).  I would guess a "visual migraine" is the same thing?  There has never once been any headaches or pain of any kind when this happens and I don't get any other forms of migraines.

I've never had it checked out because my research suggested they are mostly harmless, as Cara mentioned.

If anyone has any further information that I might find interesting on this topic, feel free to share.


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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2018, 12:26:50 PM »
Is it just me, or does the most recent episode not show up on the website?

This?

It's on the front page for me. Maybe a refresh issue.

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2018, 01:23:56 PM »

I've never had it checked out because my research suggested they are mostly harmless, as Cara mentioned.


I think you should go to a neurologist and see what he/she thinks.

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2018, 01:35:03 PM »
I had a hard time picturing what the Milky Way Rings were:



Still don't know what they are, but at least I know what they're talking about.
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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2018, 05:36:22 PM »
Is it just me, or does the most recent episode not show up on the website?

This?

It's on the front page for me. Maybe a refresh issue.

It's just that when I go to the frontpage, episode 654 shows up at the latest. I've tried to remove cookies, but it didn't help.

However, now when I tried to visit the site in IE (I usually use Chrome), episode 655 shows up as the latest on the frontpage.

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2018, 07:02:21 PM »
Clear browser cache, DNS cache.

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Re: Episode #655
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2018, 07:47:40 PM »
Unlike the Milky Way, if you look at me from the side, I'm perfectly straight with a bulge in the middle.