The gang is joined by former TRC host Jon Abrams for a doozy of an episode. Darren leads things off by discussing a recent paper on motivated numeracy. Adam then looks into if cat purring heals bones. Jon closes things out by challenging Adam’s claim from a previous episode that when you eat Chinese food you will get hungry again in an hour. Elan and Pat do their best to contribute. Enjoy!
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Cat Purring Heals Bones?
medical science – Can a cat’s purr heal injuries? – Skeptics Stack Exchange
Augmentation of bone healing by specific frequency and amplitude compressive strains
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound
Why do cats purr? – Scientific American
Low-frequency vibratory exercise reduces the risk of bone fracture more than walking: a randomized controlled trial
Good Vibrations – NASA Science
Chinese Food Hunger After an Hour
Recipe for Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
By coincidence, I was eating Chinese food for lunch while listening to the Chinese food segment. I was surprised that saltiness wasn’t brought up. Any salty food will make you want to keep drink more, but I imagine since most people get their fluids from food rather than drinking, maybe people eat more to satisfy dehydration.
I really enjoyed Darren’s segment. Having grown up in a Catholic community I was very aware of the stone wall I would hit among my fellow community members whenever I questioned some of the obvious holes in all religions. Nice to see a theory explaining why people might suspend logic if it threatens their membership to a community. I think this ties in with evolutionary psychology as well. Keep up the interesting segments guys much appreciated.