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The Cosmic Boondocks – Episode #4, June 7, 2011

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“Our time is burdened under the cumulative weight of successive debunkings of our conceits…. We live in The Cosmic Boondocks.”

~Carl Sagan

The Cosmic Boondocks is a podcast promoting science, freethought and humanistic values in India.

Episode #4, June 7, 2011 – Shownotes


News Stories:

1. WHO study concludes that more study is required to establish or eliminate any link between cell phone use and cancer.

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/cancer/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100272731&GT1=31036

http://www.skepticnorth.com/2011/06/cell-phones-and-wifi-and-cancer-oh-my/

2. Measuring quantum level phenomena without influencing the observations.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110602153046.htm

3. Baba Ramdev’s Anti-corruption Hunger-strike – Caught between a fraud and a disgrace.

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main44.asp?filename=Ne010510politicians_should.asp

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_baba-ramdev-s-rs18-crore-fast-icus-100-cctvs-780-fans-1300-toilets_1550782

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/06/03/nine-more-things-baba-ramdev-wants/

http://www.dnaindia.com/blogs/post.php?postid=2751

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/baba-ramdev-asked-to-leave-delhi-police-crackdown-at-ramlila-ground-110200

4. New faster Solid State Drives based on phase-change technology.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110602153046.htm

5. Live fish asthma “cure”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13645211

6. High CO2 in the water causes Clown fish young to go deaf

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110531201221.htm

Fallacy Hunt:

Last week’s fallacies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivocation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_necessity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallacy_of_the_single_cause

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/resources/logicalfallacies.aspx

http://www.fosterswift.com/news-publications-Hospice-hospice-care-palliative-care.html

This week’s clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmE6LrztFnw#t=00m24s

This week’s discussion thread on the forums:

http://nirmukta.net/Thread-Fallacy-Hunting-Episode-4-Science-in-the-Quran
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Music:

Rising Legends, but Epic Soul Factory,

Murder, by Mujaji

Celt, by Nadiejda

Diablo Swing Orchestra, by Ballrog Boogie

Bling Bling, by Les Pieds Dans L’Herbe

All music is distributed under Creative Commons non-commercial, attribution, sharealike license.

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Ajita Kamal

2 Comments

  • Interesting analysis of the Ramdev Issue. I feel this is the right time and opportunity for the administration to expose the activities, assets, sources of income and frauds, by not only Ramdev, but many other so called Godmen.

    Regarding the Science in Quran, I would like to quote Stephen Hawkings
    “The weak anthropic principle states that
    in a universe that is large or infinite in space and/or time, the conditions necessary for the development of intelligent
    life will be met only in certain regions that are limited in space and time. The intelligent beings in these regions
    should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are
    necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty.”

    The pollution of seawater causing deafness in the clown fish reminds me of whale communication network being jammed by humans.This was mentioned in one of the episodes of ‘Cosmos’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elw-459P8kE

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