The Reality Check Episode 8 – Ogopogo, Bigfoot vs Politicians, and Pond Scum

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On this week’s show we discuss Ogopogo (Canada’s own Loch Ness monster), the recent survey that claimed that Canadians believed that it was more likely that scientists would discover Bigfoot than politicians would keep their promises, and the health benefits of spirulina (a type of algea that is gaining in popularity). We then tackle the logical fallacy and science myth of the week.

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Show Notes

Show Notes:

Ogopogo:
General Overview: link
Believer Claims: link 1 link 2
Skeptical View: link

Bigfoot Survey:
Press release from Canadian Taxpayers Federation: link
Press coverage: link

Spirulina:
J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Jun 25;56(12):4352-8. Epub 2008 Jun 4.
MICROBIOLOGICAL REVIEWS, Dec. 1983, p. 551-578
 Ann Nutr Metab 2008;52:322–328
Eur J Nutr (2008)
Acta Vitaminol Enzymol. 1984;6(4):295-304
Toxicology in Vitro 22 (2008) 1496–1502
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Vol. 70 (2006) , No. 2 pp.363-368

(Ya, I know. Blame Catherine -Jon)

Logical Fallacy of the Week:
Argument From Ignorance (Shifting the Burden of Proof): link

Science Myth of the Week:
Science states that bees cannot fly: link

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