Skeptics with a K: Episode #320


This week, Marsh examines the nature of consensus and how people can be misled by it, while Alice looks into the topical Ayurvedic skin cream ‘Dermaved’, recently withdrawn after it was found to be adulterated with steroids. Meanwhile, Mike watches Hamilton.

Mixed and edited by Morgan Clarke

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  1. #1 by Les Rose on January 21, 2022 - 16:03

    Interesting points re consensus. You may remember Operation Mincemeat, the deception of the Nazis using a dead body carrying fake documents. The contents (of the documents not the body) were transmitted to Berlin by the neutral Spanish govt. Shortly after, the Germans heard a similar story from other agents. That convinced them it was true. But it was actually the same story via different routes. They were thus misled into deploying forces to the wrong places.

  2. #2 by Harley on February 11, 2022 - 02:26

    My response for the last decade and change;
    “How are you?”
    “Can’t complain. Wouldn’t help.”

    I’m nearing 74 yo in case that colors perspective.

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