Episode #668

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Interview with Tobias Füchslin

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Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A new study finds that untrained 8-12 year old children have the muscular endurance of elite marathon or triatholon athletes. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2018.00387/full

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Researchers find that reading an op ed was more likely to reinforce existing beliefs than to change the reader’s mind. https://news.yale.edu/2018/04/24/study-shows-newspaper-op-eds-change-minds

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists have demonstrated quantum entanglement in the largest experimental setup to date, 15 micrometers wide, the thickness of a fine human hair. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180425131858.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ -Issac Asimov