Just when you thought you have seen and heard it all, there is now a woman claiming that ghosts possess her body, take control of her, and uses her to write messages from beyond the grave. Of course they can! Why didn’t we realize this sooner? It makes perfect sense that a “ghost” would want to take control of an agent to send written messages, as opposed to simply appearing before the eyes of a psychic and then the psychic interprets what he or she think the ghosts are telling them. Writing is a much more exact means of getting the message across from the spirit-realm.
We’ve been told by many listeners that they wish our show was longer in length. 80 minutes per week is not enough for some people. So what would we talk about if the show were longer? Well, lots of things, including more news items! There is always more news we can talk about on any given show, so it is a careful process of selection as to which news items make it to the show, and which ones don’t. The ones which do not make it hit the proverbial “cutting room floor”, so once again, here are a few of the news items which might have otherwise made the show if, say, our show was 100+ minutes in length.
I have a term for people who are incapable or unwilling to account for science, evidence, and logic when making extraordinary claims; reality-challenged. For whatever reason, they ignore the best evidence at hand, they fail to utilize the scientific method, and their arguments are rife with logical fallacies. And as such, the reality-challenged wind up making some of the more ridiculous comments on any given week, just like this past week. Here are the top ones for this past week, courtesy of the reality-challenged among us all.
Some people who run martial arts studios believe that they can control a nebulous “energy force” which gives them the ability to effect other people, simply by waiving their hands, or shouting really loud, or some other form of minimal-to-no contact with their targets. And when I say “effecting other people”, I mean they are able to get them to physically submit to the martial arts instructor’s claimed powers.
Only 20 more shows to the otherwise arbitrary achievement of Episode #500. So while we wait a few months for that event, there were a few things that went unsaid from our most recent episode #480. This week we have more celebrity gullibility, how Facebook makes us suckers, Russian bigfoot nonsense, and punishments for bad science practices. Here is the latest version of The SGU Cutting Room Floor.
In preparation for our two SGU recordings at Dragon Con 2014, we had to record episode #477 earlier than normal, almost a week ahead of our usual schedule. Because so much science and skeptic news occurs every day, it means we sometimes miss on some very interesting items which might have otherwise made it to the show. Here’s a small sample of some of the items we might have otherwise covered:
The American Indians would use 100% of the buffalo they killed. Remember that “fact” from 3rd grade? Turns out it is wrong, there were plenty of remnants. So when Steve takes the raw footage (hence the buffalo) and decides which items will make the final cut the show (hence saving the useful parts, leaving the remnants) among the remains are some interesting news items. So instead of having them go to waste, why not use some of them as part a blog post series? Yes, conservation is a good thing!
Another week, another batch of ridiculous things people have been saying. This week features statements pertaining to Robin Williams, the public education environment, UFO’s, life after death, and haunted dolls. Without further delay, here were the top 5 most ridiculous comments from the past week:
Quite a smattering of ridiculousness this week. People open their mouths, and all sorts of nonsense spews forth. But in the end, it only matters if people choose to believe this garbage, and there is no better garbage-filter than a rationally skeptical worldview. Here are this week’s top 5 ridiculous comments of the week:
“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” – Voltaire