Skeptics with a K: Episode #264

Family trees, Tobey Maguire, eight million pixels, and a dog show.  Plus centimorgans, attempted burglary, and the reverse Darth Vader.  Featuring special guest presenter, Andy Wilson.

Mixed and edited by Morgan Clarke.

  1. #1 by Cappy Charlie on November 29, 2019 - 10:02

    Thanks to Andy for sharing his piece, which I thought was a fascinating insight in to how science can interact with us at a very basic emotional level to help us better understand ourselves. One of the best episodes I’ve heard in a decade of listening.

  2. #2 by Chris on November 30, 2019 - 17:26

    Thank you, Andy, for telling us about your quest to find out about the family you were denied. It is much too common, especially since family secrets were so common for so long. My stepsister has no idea who her father was, her mother and her aunt would never tell her.

    When us kids would ask our dad about certain grandparents, we would just be told that they were dead. Then after our mother died, my brother was very surprised to get a call from a man claiming to be his grandfather. Apparently there had been a fallout between our mother and my dad’s parents, which was apparently solved with her death. And that is just the beginning of my dad putting the “fun” into dysfunction, which includes not telling us that our maternal grandmother and both of her sisters succumbed to strokes. Which would have been helpful information for my sister and me as we watched our blood pressure increase rapidly during menopause.

  3. #3 by neo214 on December 1, 2019 - 04:35

    Thanks for the history on TV. Back in 2017 in the US 40% were 4k, I’m sure it’s more now:

  4. #4 by Jens Landberg on December 2, 2019 - 19:51

    Mike asked the question if it is at all possible that siblings will not share any dna.
    Isn’t the answer given by the fact that mitochondrial dna is shared between siblings that have the same mother and that the y-chromosome is largely unchanged from father to son?

  5. #5 by Vladimír Krásný on December 6, 2019 - 20:52

    Wow, what a story, Andy.

    Im hoping youll find a peace in the end.

    Thank you people for this episode.

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