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Title: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Steven Novella on December 10, 2010, 10:47:25 AM
It's that time of year again - the SGU wrap up episode is coming. We are a bit late with this, because we are all still jet-lagged from our Australia trip, so give us your feedback right away.

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
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Johnny Slick on December 10, 2010, 11:07:01 AM
Jackass of the Year: Brian Dunning! Woo hoo!
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Moloch on December 10, 2010, 08:34:12 PM
Best guest rogue = George Hrab on #260.

Best interview = Prof. Simon Conway Morris (for intellectual yumminess)

Funniest moment = for me was the description of how Steven Hawking plans to seed the universe with life in #250. There is some funny back and forth but the best moment is the "jack-off in a cup and throw it at the sky" line.

more later...
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: alanog on December 11, 2010, 06:50:05 AM
I've spent the last year trying to listen to all the back episodes, so the podcasts are all in the wrong order in my head at the moment, but off the top of my head, the interview with Aubrey de Grey springs to mind
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Chew on December 11, 2010, 11:55:30 AM
Some of my favorite quotes:

Quote
#254
Jay: So is anything going to be done about this?

Steve: Yes, we're going to mock and ridicule them.

#270
Steve: That's about all he has.

Jay: But what... and then?

Steve: Scientists don't know what they're talking about. They're lying and it's all BS.

Jay: And then?

Steve: That's it.

----------------------

Bob: What do you guys think about when I say robots from science fiction?

Steve: I think the sex slaves from Westworld.

Bob: No, you can't think that because it ruins my point.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Ursula on December 12, 2010, 09:51:03 AM
Best Guest and Skeptic of the Year....Simon Singh.  Who else risked so much for the truth?
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: mobius on December 12, 2010, 06:05:53 PM
Best Guest/Interview: Aubrey de Grey
Best Science news story: Synthetic Bacteria
Best Quote: Jay: "My head is kinda getting weird looking as I get older" (ep 246 1:04:13)
Jackass of the Year: John Benneth
Skeptic of the Year: Simon Singh
Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim: 70 years without food/water

Is the wrap-up episode coming out around Jan 1?  thx
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Karyn on December 12, 2010, 08:37:09 PM
Skeptic of the Year: Simon Singh
Best Episode: I might be biased because I was there, but the live in Vancouver one with Hrab was hilarious. 
Jackass of the year: Glenn Beck, imho.
Psychic prediction:  The UK will pass some semi-passable libel reform.
Hrab is the best guest Rogue ever.  Aubry De Gray is the best interview for the year.
I can't really put out a vote for much else.


Bob: What do you guys think about when I say robots from science fiction?

Steve: I think the sex slaves from Westworld.

Bob: No, you can't think that because it ruins my point.


Yeah, that's pretty hilarious.  I'll vote on that for funniest lines.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Chew on December 12, 2010, 09:47:17 PM
Best Guest Rogue: Eugenie Scott
Best Interview: Randi & Banachek in episode 262
Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim: the Youtube video of that bimbo trying to explain the scientific principles behind homeopathy.
Jackass of the Year: John Benneth
Skeptic of the Year: Singh
Your psychic prediction for 2011: California will have a large earthquake.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: chionactis on December 13, 2010, 01:41:14 AM
Best Episode
#259: I mainly just like the way they interact in this episode, and there are also some funny parts.


Best Guest/Interview
This is tough, but I narrowed it down to Massimo Pigliucci and Eugenie Scott.


Funniest Moment
It's hard to choose, but I think this gets my vote for funniest:
#250: Jay's inspiring quote becomes "the most horrible thing known to mankind" 01:14:56 to 01:17:20


Fav WTN
#238: It turned out to be cracking ice sheets but sounds like the lasers in Star Wars.


Best quote
#238: Evan says, "Isn't that nice that this movie has taken the good name of skeptic and turned it into an 8% on rotten tomatoes?" 24:19 to about 24:27


Best Science news story of the year
The LHC ALICE experiment mentioned in episode #278.


Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
70 years without food/water


Most unexpected scientific discovery
The galactic "bubbles"


Most unbelievable but true Science or Fiction story
The sea slug that makes its own chlorophyll. Very cool.


Jackass of the Year
Oprah for promoting the psychic surgeon.


Skeptic of the Year
Simon Singh



OK, so I was listening through the 2010 episodes trying to find my favorite quote and the funniest quote, and I decided to include several that I found amusing. I realize that not all of them will be used, but maybe this list will also help other people decide.

#238: Dr. Steve does an impression of Sagan saying "primordial soup" at 01:10:15

#240: Jay in Sci or Fi. 01:01:12 to about 1:03:05

#248: Rebecca talks about the ICP song that includes that line about magnets and talks about how she explained the creation of rainbows to a juggalo. 22:32 to about 24:35

#251: They reminisce at the beginning and then play back the original episode where Bob says "Hellloooooo" 01:35 to 03:09. "Expunge that from your hard drive!" They also tease Bob about it from 01:17:32 to about 01:17:54

#252: Human/chimp relations, Rebecca calls Steve a perv. 00:27:56 to about 00:28:46

#260: George Hrab is introduced and mimics Bob's "Hellooooo" 02:39 to 03:03

#259: sci or fic from 01:09:34 to 01:10:35, and the other rogues give Jay a hard time for flubbing the quote: 01:16:10 to 01:16:29

#262: Jay in sci or fic, including funny quip from Evan. 01:02:39 to 01:03:22
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: JPM on December 13, 2010, 03:31:01 PM
Best Episode
#255 with Fraser and Pamela as guest rogues

Best Guest/Interview
Eugenie Scott

Funniest moment
The interview with Sanal Edamaruku, survivor of the Tantric Killing Challenge had its moments

Best Who's That Noisy?
Cracking ice from the surface of a frozen lake

Best Science news story of the year
Chile Earthquake Shortens Day 

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
Man Claims No Food or Water for 70 years

Most unbelievable but true Science or Fiction story
Researchers find a gene in humans that, if turned off, would allow for complete tissue regeneration, like in newts and salamanders.

Jackass of the Year
Sadly, Stephen Hawking. It was a bad year to have his name associated with science.

Skeptic of the Year
2 way tie:
Simon Singh for standing up to bullies
Phil Plait for Bad Universe


Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: clavicorn on December 13, 2010, 04:23:14 PM
Skeptic of the year: Steven Novella (seriously)
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: clavicorn on December 13, 2010, 04:35:42 PM
Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim: those holographic
plastic bracelets
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Straws Pulled At Random on December 14, 2010, 08:20:24 AM
Funniest moment:

When Jay said "And you're angry about this?" in response to Steven talking about the fish suckling from it's mother in episode 272.

I mean why the hell would Steven be angered by a fish suckling from its mother? It just made me laugh. You're a silly MOOSE Jay!
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: stands2reason on December 14, 2010, 08:25:12 AM
Best guest of the year: Bruce Schneier.

Jackass of the year: British Chiropractic Association.

Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: MisterMarc on December 19, 2010, 12:12:16 AM
The best running gag is definitely the riffing on Bob's "Hellooooo."

I would list more, but memory being as faulty as it is, I don't trust anything I recall from more than a week ago. And I'm too lazy to look shit up.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: chionactis on December 19, 2010, 10:45:41 AM
Another instance of that "helloooooo" I didn't mention is Jay in episode 251 at about 42:00.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: werecow on December 19, 2010, 11:57:30 AM
I've also been revisiting old episodes and as such it's all kind of jumbled up, but I'll take a shot at a few of these:

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim - 70 years without food or water guy.

Jackass of the Year - This probably won't make it to the show, but for me, it would have to be Lord Christopher Monckton. He got smacked down quite hard a number of times this year, and out of all the semi-professional climate quacks out there he's probably the most egregious example. Even his title appears to be phony (i.e. he's not a member of the house of lords), and several people have now gone over his presentations and found that he manages to misrepresent almost every climate scientist he cites. In spite of that, he maintains a rather substantial fan base among not-so-skeptical climate contrarians.

Skeptic of the Year - I have to go with Simon Singh also.

True science or fiction: For me it was the photosynthesizing sea slug, but apparently the panel did not agree with me there, since they all got that one right.

Your psychic prediction for 2010 - I predict that on november 12th, 2011, the first land octopus will be found, living in the trees deep inside the Amazon jungle, making its living by feasting on the bones of unfortunate monkeys.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: texasjim1093 on December 19, 2010, 08:54:35 PM
I suggest the Podcast recognize the victims of pseudoscience in the last year. 
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Batmaz on December 22, 2010, 07:32:24 AM
Best Guest/Interview
The interview with both Randi and Banachek was fricking awesome.

Best Who's That Noisy?
I really loved the one with the cackling hyenas, when I found out what it was I kept playing to to people I knew!

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
Yeah, the guy who never ate or drank was well up there, along with the ridiculous reporting of the issue too.

Most unexpected scientific discovery
That's got to be, without a doubt, synthetic life.

Skeptic of the Year
I know it's going with the crowd, but it's definitely Simon Singh. To use one word: heroic.

Your psychic prediction for 2011
That the SGU interviews Brian Cox, the sexiest man in physics?
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Oh Henry on December 22, 2010, 05:22:59 PM
Best Episode
#281 in Vancouver

Best Guest/Interview
Sanal Edamaruku

Best Who's That Noisy?
Ice cracking.   Worst = dying beaver - that was just awful.

Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations reveal no misconduct.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudoscientific claim
70 years w/ no food & water

Jackass of the Year
The BCA for their harassment of Simon Singh

Skeptic of the Year
Singh

Your psychic prediction for 2011
2011 will one of the ten hottest years in the last century.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Guernsey Goat on December 24, 2010, 06:54:05 AM
I downloaded the pod cast for the first time last month and I have just joined the forums. Fantastic keep up the good work!   
 
Best Who's That Noisy?
Ice cracking.     
 
Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations reveal no misconduct.

Most outrageous illogical statement or pseudo scientific claim
70 years w/ no food & water! Try running in a desert and see how you are after 70 minutes without water

Your psychic prediction for 2011
The British will become less convinced about global warming due to two consecutive cold winters
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: MisterMarc on December 24, 2010, 01:43:08 PM
Your psychic prediction for 2011
The British will become less convinced about global warming due to two consecutive cold winters

Very plausible. H.L. Mencken once said, "no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." I'd say the same holds true in most countries...the UK included.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: seaotter on December 24, 2010, 02:03:45 PM
Back in a coupla hours
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: werecow on December 25, 2010, 10:12:07 AM
I'll join in on these three, since I didn't specify them yet:

Best Guest/Interview
Sanal Edamaruku

Best Science news story of the year
Climategate investigations.

Most unexpected scientific discovery
Synthetic life.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: sheila on December 26, 2010, 12:32:27 PM
Best guest interview: Sanal Enamaruku - Excellent, excellent, excellent. Ordinary person acting in the name of rationality, no matter the consequences.  And he is 2nd only to Simon Singh for Skeptic of the Year. 

Best quote:
(ep. #250) Jay: (about Stephen Hawking) Didn't he send his DNA into space?
Rebecca:  What? Do you think he jerked off into a cup or something?
Steve:  Talk about panspermia!

2nd best quote:
(About past life regression, ep. #246)  Steve: What if they regressed a creationist and they were a Neanderthal?
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: ThorGoLucky on December 28, 2010, 05:41:49 PM
Funniest moment & Best Quote:
Regarding using nuclear power to produce gasoline, Steven Novella said that it was the stupidest thing he had ever heard, to which Rebecca Watson replied, "No, Steve, burning lepracauns would be the stupidest thing you've ever heard."
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: st0nes on December 29, 2010, 07:33:50 AM
Give us your vote for the following categories:
...
Your psychic prediction for 2010
A bit late for this, isn't it?
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Johnny Slick on December 29, 2010, 09:49:20 AM
My prediction for 2011: The Seattle Seahawks will not with the Super Bowl.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Lukas on December 29, 2010, 10:04:52 AM
Only three votes, because I can't remember or don't have strong opinions on everything else.

Best Guest/Interview: Massimo Pigliucci
Skeptic of the Year: Simon Singh (to quote George Tenet, this should be a "slam dunk")
Your psychic prediction for 2011: Hell freezes over
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: seaotter on December 29, 2010, 10:42:07 AM
Yeah I'd say best guest was geo.
Best skeptic goes to the Australian skeptics overall for power bands the Australian vaccination work and organizing a TAM Australia and hosting the SGU.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: MisterMarc on December 29, 2010, 11:11:17 AM
Best quote:
(ep. #250) Jay: (about Stephen Hawking) Didn't he send his DNA into space?
Rebecca:  What? Do you think he jerked off into a cup or something?
Steve:  Talk about panspermia!

Second this! :D
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: chionactis on December 29, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
In episode 240, Rebecca joked about how she would start her own podcast dedicated to Jay expressing disbelief. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know what it would sound like. So I went through all of the "Science or Fiction" segments from 2010, cut out Jay's expressions of disbelief, and put them all together.

With the exception of the first clip and the last clip, these are all in chronological order.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BSh-IavxLZA

There are a few things that aren't technically disbelief, but I thought they were funny.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Skulker on December 29, 2010, 11:34:44 AM
In episode 240, Rebecca joked about how she would start her own podcast dedicated to Jay expressing disbelief. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know what it would sound like. So I went through all of the "Science or Fiction" segments from 2010, cut out Jay's expressions of disbelief, and put them all together.

With the exception of the first clip and the last clip, these are all in chronological order.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BSh-IavxLZA

There are a few things that aren't technically disbelief, but I thought they were funny.
Well done. Kudos to you.  :laugh: I hope they play this on the wrap up show.

Typo
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: seaotter on December 29, 2010, 11:40:54 AM
Well maybe an exert. It was awesome though.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: MisterMarc on December 29, 2010, 12:07:07 PM
In episode 240, Rebecca joked about how she would start her own podcast dedicated to Jay expressing disbelief. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know what it would sound like. So I went through all of the "Science or Fiction" segments from 2010, cut out Jay's expressions of disbelief, and put them all together.

With the exception of the first clip and the last clip, these are all in chronological order.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BSh-IavxLZA

There are a few things that aren't technically disbelief, but I thought they were funny.

This. Is.  Awesome! Needs a music bed of "Unbelievable," though.  :D
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Esther Margaret on December 29, 2010, 07:27:39 PM
I wish my memory was good enough to remember specific quotes or moments.

best interview: Daniel Wilson where they discussed robots
skeptic of the year: Simon Singh
jackass: British Chiropractic Association
best who's that noisy: the laughing hyenas
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: werecow on December 29, 2010, 09:10:36 PM
In episode 240, Rebecca joked about how she would start her own podcast dedicated to Jay expressing disbelief. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know what it would sound like. So I went through all of the "Science or Fiction" segments from 2010, cut out Jay's expressions of disbelief, and put them all together.

With the exception of the first clip and the last clip, these are all in chronological order.

http://www.youtube.com/v/BSh-IavxLZA

There are a few things that aren't technically disbelief, but I thought they were funny.

That was fucking awesome. }|<oD

Also I like your avatar, or rather where it came from.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: chionactis on December 29, 2010, 10:01:24 PM
I'm glad you guys like it.  :)

@werecow: I was pleasantly surprised by that movie. It has quickly become one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: werecow on December 29, 2010, 10:36:15 PM
@werecow: I was pleasantly surprised by that movie. It has quickly become one of my favorites.

Same here.
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: Jay on January 04, 2011, 11:59:43 AM
Loved it...thanks for making it  :laugh:
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: thr4sh3ld on January 07, 2011, 11:33:00 AM
chionactis ; is it OK if I share this with my facebook friends?  It's really excellent : )
Title: Re: Year-End Wrap Up 2010
Post by: chionactis on January 09, 2011, 09:07:47 AM
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jay.  :)

I replied to your PM, thr4sh3ld. I don't mind at all if you share it. Hopefully it will prompt some people to check out the SGU. Btw, the excellent version that was used in the podcast, with musical accompaniment, was made by someone else independently of mine. Neither of us knew the other was making it. You probably already knew that, but I just wanted to make it clear.