The SGU Cutting Room Floor (July 7 2014)
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Episode #469 is officially “in the books” (per se) and there were many more items we would have liked to cover. Here are a handful of those items which ALMOST made it in to the show:
A half century after its humble beginning, the Drake equation still guides the search for life beyond Earth. From the National Geographic article:
More than 50 years after it was written, the Drake equation still guides ways of thinking about how to find E.T. As the years have passed and instruments sharpened, astronomers have started to refine and fill in numbers for the equation’s variables. But the variables themselves have stayed the same.
A Romanian woman claims ghost of her dead grandmother took a ‘selfie’ on her phone to warn her she was being punished in the afterlife. From the article in The Daily Mail:
“When I switched the phone on I was horrified to see my dead grandmother’s face,” said Gina Mihai, 34. “She had what looked like a snake around her neck, and the whole image looked as if it had been taken through a hole, like it was shot through a tear in the fabric that separates the living from the dead.”
Rupert Sheldrake is back again, and this time, The Epoch Times’ headline reads: Study Shows Telepathy May Be Connected to Phone Calls, SMS, and Emails. From the article:
A study by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake shows that modern forms of communication may be connected with a more primeval form of communication—telepathy. He tested a group of people by asking them to guess who was calling when their phones rang. Each was given four potential callers to chose from. “The average scores were very significantly above the 25 percent hit rate expected by chance,” wrote Sheldrake in an article published by the Institute of Noetic Science earlier this year.
Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? From the article at Wired:
This idea that nature is inherently probabilistic — that particles have no hard properties, only likelihoods, until they are observed — is directly implied by the standard equations of quantum mechanics. But now a set of surprising experiments with fluids has revived old skepticism about that worldview. The bizarre results are fueling interest in an almost forgotten version of quantum mechanics, one that never gave up the idea of a single, concrete reality.