Skeptics with a K: Episode #198

Melatonin, native advertising, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and priming biases. Plus rubber hands, cell signalling, confused voices, and destroying asteroids. Tasting the mediterranean with a fork, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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  1. #1 by Henry Ruddle on May 19, 2017 - 01:53

    English Horn (or Bagpipe or whatever counts as “Vibraphone”) —

    This is a minor criticism since most people think “masthead” means something like “master heading,” but they and Marsh are wrong. In a publication, the masthead is the staff list. So, an advertorial would never be “under the masthead” partly because the masthead is just a list of names and job titles, and partly because it’s usually at the bottom of the page because it’s just a list of names and job titles, so nothing would go under it except names and job titles or maybe the page number and the date.

    Cheers. Keep up the sometimes mildly amusing work. 😉

  2. #2 by Chris on May 19, 2017 - 07:32

    Hey guys,

    Good episode! I’d like to point out one thing – Marsh misused the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ when talking about click bait, in the same way creationists misuse it, to mean ‘survival of the most superior’, whereas Darwin used ‘fittest’ in the sense of ‘most suitable’. The distinction is important because it shows a misunderstanding of evolution. The former usage implies that evolution is working towards a goal from less to more “highly” evolved, as opposed to the process of natural selection.

  3. #3 by Miisa on May 19, 2017 - 15:38

    +1 patron for Buffyness.
    Oh, and it isn’t so much that we can’t tell your voices apart, at least for me it is that I can never remember who is which.

  4. #4 by Emily on May 20, 2017 - 00:53

    First time I’ve commented, so, of course, it had to be on something pointless and pedantic: Depending on how pulverized your asteroid was, you could indeed save the day. It would have the same mass, but, blasting it apart in any way increases surface area. Get enough surface area in relation to mass, and all that’s left burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.

  5. #5 by Dick on May 21, 2017 - 14:36

    Actor Linda Hamilton also has a twin. They shared a scene in T2 that was included in the extras on the DVD but was cut from the theatrical release.

  6. #6 by Chris on May 23, 2017 - 06:46

    Also in Terminator Two, the security guard in the psyche ward who was killed by the T-1000 who morphed into a doppleganger by his twin. They were Don and Dan Stanton.

  7. #7 by Chris on May 23, 2017 - 06:47

  8. #8 by Søren Kongstad on May 23, 2017 - 12:08


    I hope all of you and your loved ones are OK after the attack in Manchester.

  9. #9 by Josh on May 23, 2017 - 13:04

    The puny philologist in me loved your “semi-ant-ic” discussion about colonies of ants/cells!

  10. #10 by astrotimer on May 24, 2017 - 00:12

    Me too hope all of you are all right after the attack.

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