Ep 7 – Post Hoc / Murphy’s Law / Catch 22

Three almost related topics this week. It’s sort of like a combo meal where an explanation of Post Hoc fallacies is the main item and why you’re wrong about Murphy’s Law and Catch 22s are the drink and side or something. It’s a tenuous analogy at best. Complete with fuzzy-heading sickness-based brain farts by yours truly, Tim has no excuse.

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Further reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch-22_%28logic%29

http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/post-hoc.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy’s_law

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Ep 6 – What Numbers Mean

Get a tall glass of water, gas up the car on premium, and set your brain thinking to its full potential in preparation to listen to this episode. Looking at numbers like needing 8 glasses of water a day, octane ratings on gasoline, and why we can manage to get anything done as a species using only 10% of our brain.

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Further reading:

– if you’re thirsty, drink
– if you’re hungry, eat
– if you’re tired, sleep

http://dms.dartmouth.edu/news/2002_h2/08aug2002_water.shtml

http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

http://calorielab.com/news/2006/05/28/8-glasses-of-water-a-diet-urban-legend/

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

Ep 5 – What Words Mean

The patented new episode designed to 100% target your listening zone or your money back! Looking at what words in marketing and advertising actually mean, and why that organic, customized, all-natural doodad that balances your energies and improves your life might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

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Further reading:

– pretty much any infomercial

Ep 4 – Statistics

96% of polled listeners guarantee that this episode is more exciting than the title makes it seem. Not car chase and explosion exciting, but close. Why you shouldn’t be afraid of sharks and why cell phones won’t crash your car, among whatever other information we crammed in there.

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Further reading:

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/attacks/relarisklifetime.html

http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/injury_and_death_statistics/Documents/Odds%20of%20Dying.pdf (PDF)

Ep 2 – Nucular Terror

Why, despite the disaster in Japan, we shouldn’t be afraid of radiation or nuclear power.

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Further reading:

http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/chernobyl/inf07.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert
http://www.nucleartourist.com/
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/
http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/radiation_guide.cfm
http://dels-old.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/rerf_final.pdf