Skeptics with a K: Episode #197


Immunotherapy, cataract surgeons, Herceptin, and Henry Beecher. Plus Black Salve, transparent jeans, Death Ligands, and impersonating crickets. Using saline instead of morphine, it’s Skeptics with a K.

Play
  1. #1 by Cappy Charlie on May 6, 2017 - 20:12

    Really enjoying Mike’s ongoing crusade to explain exactly what the placebo effect is, and equally importantly what it isn’t. Entertaining and educational, a bit like Dr Who (only entertaining. And educational).

  2. #2 by Lene Taylor on May 7, 2017 - 03:12

    “Hang a lamp on it”? Not “hang a lampshade on it”?
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LampshadeHanging

  3. #3 by Declan on May 7, 2017 - 12:05

    Like a lot of naive kids, I thought that a Creme Egg Easter Egg was, in fact, a huge Creme Egg. Or an Aero egg would be mint flavoured or whatever. In reality, the only egg i ever got that was made out of the same stuff as the featured bar was sodding Caramac. Boak.

    And Ruffle bars are a staple of cheapo shops like Home Bargains nowadays.

    Anyway, skepticism….

  4. #4 by Andrew Williams on May 9, 2017 - 16:55

    I’ve heard of “hanging a lantern” on something before, and while I don’t remember where it was, I do remember it was in relation to Doctor Who. It may have been referring to a line from “The Sontaran Stratagem”, in which the Doctor admits to working for UNIT “back in the 70s. Or was it the 80s?”. I obviously don’t need to tell Mike about the whole UNIT dating issue, and here the show is highlighting the issue without actually explaining it – “hanging a lantern”.

    And I also miss Cadbury Spyras. Or were they Spiras? Oi! Mr Cadbury! Bring them back!

(will not be published)