Episode #697

News Items

  • How We Think
  • The Mad Russian
  • Engineering Photosynthesis
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  In the 17th century, 40% of children failed to live to adulthood. https://www.tullyhistoricalsociety.org/tahs/medical.php

                • Item #2 Science

                  Estimates of literacy in 18th century New England are from 90-100% for men, and 31-48% for women. http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter11/literacy.cfm

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  Beds were shorter than the modern standard, reflecting the generally shorter stature that was typical of the time. http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter08/stuff.cfm

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘ I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.’ - HAL 9000