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#26: One Dollar Cat

May 19th, 2016 · 122 minutes

This week starts with some updates on Merlin’s cat, her newly discovered medical conditions, and Merlin’s ruminations on how much he’s prepared to tolerate regarding her health budget and snack preferences.

In follow-up, the boys address the length of the last episode and debate the merits of chapter markers. Are they an attractive nuisance that encourages people to pick up one of your host’s terrible media consumption hygiene?

Also, more talk on smoking, and we learn that John is surprisingly tolerant about how people talk.

The main topic this week explores how a young John first began measuring the parameters of the world. How can we tell if something is true? Are Bigfoot, telekinesis, and space travel each really a thing?

(Episode recorded May 10, 2016)

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Links and Show Notes

Ludovico technique - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dr. Katz Clip
Accidental Tech Podcast
Zero-based numbering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How to Count (Programming for Mere Mortals Book 1) 2, Steven Frank, eBook - Amazon.com
Bigfoot caught on tape (Patterson footage stabilized) - YouTube
Your logical fallacy is the fallacy fallacy
Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.

Sunk costs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump | FiveThirtyEight
Macaroni & Cheese