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Pride and Prejudice

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  • larry coon

    Congrats on your success, Evan. Bravo!

  • Thank YOU Evan, Steve, Rebecca, Jay, Bob, and Mike for putting this out there each week.

    Over Thanksgiving, my mom started talking about Dr. Oz and some of his nonsense. So, I printed off one of Steve’s blog posts about Dr. Oz and suggested she read it. We had a good conversation about the pitfalls of human thinking and some logical fallacies.

    …although Dr. Oz still seems to resonate with her. I didn’t really expect to ‘convert’ her in one try, but I told her to check out Science Based Medicine and forget about Dr. Oz’s daily email newsletters.

    Also, (to close the loop on this comment!), I am going to giver her a CD of TSG 5X5 for Christmas. I’m planning on burning the Skepticism 101 shows as well as medicine and health related shows like Episode 12 (Faith-healing cult leads to child death from medical neglect).

    Hopefully she’ll find it as stimulating, entertaining, and informative as I do!

  • Nigel

    Congradulations! This is fantastic news.

    I just hope this does not mean that from now on a plug for Apple won’t occur in each show. Rebecca might say something such as “Belief in a flying bigfoot over New Jersey is crazy, but not as crazy as the fast download times to my new iPhone 3G -the prefect Holiday gift in an ATT or Apple store near you.” (just kidding)

  • IPVlazy

    Congratulations, both SGU podcasts remain my favorite things to listen to every week. Keep it up

  • I picked up the 5×5 as a natural extension of my addiction to the SGU podcast and have been very happy with it. It’s very tight, well-focused, and clean, and the only thing that could make it better is if there were more episodes of it.

    As well, I couldn’t agree more about its strength in getting new people interested. My wife’s a believer, both having grown up in church, and having had psychics in the family. We do surprisingly well considering my atheism and her belief in God, but there are times when it’s really tricky to talk to her about certain subjects as I know they’ll rub her the wrong way. Turning on a full episode of SGU in her presence has been something I’ve refrained from simply as I didn’t want to risk creating an uncomfortable situation for her if any comments on creationists were brought up. She’s far, for more open-minded than most of the Christians I know (she’d have to be to marry an Atheist, liberal, free-thinker such as myself), but I know she has beliefs that definitely don’t jive with our community.

    But a few weeks back on our way home from a weekend trip to Hearst Castle, I realized I had saved up about five or so episodes of the 5×5. And they were most about logical fallacies. I figured, what the heck, she was taking a nap anyway, and odds are there would be nothing in them that could bother her.

    It wasn’t long before she was responding to comments in the show, asking questions, and has since jokingly stopped herself mid-sentence to realize she was exhibiting signs of confirmation bias. It’s all I can do to keep from grinning ear to ear when I hear skeptical terminology coming from her.

    So thank you very much for giving me an easy, digestible, non-confrontational way to open my wife up to skeptical thought. Great work.

    btw, I’m a Zune owner. I apologize on behalf of my group that we don’t have quite the numbers to have such a strong effect on your ratings. But you’re in the Zune Marketplace, and that’s how I found the SGU to begin with back in February when I got my Zune, so clearly there’s SOME effect. We may not be as cool as Apple owners, but we picked our player for a reason and love it, so don’t forget us! ;)

  • Even, Jay, Rebecca, Bob, and Steve, I thank you all for the immense enjoyment and education that you provide us every week. I’ve been listening to the SGU since June 2007, and I feel like I know all of you. I still become sad when I think about Perry and I still hear his comments in my mind on every new episode.

    Evan, I didn’t know that you were the producer for the 5X5, but thank you for your hard work and know that you are providing a truly priceless resource for us all.

    -Jacob

  • rachelwells

    That’s really awesome and very well deserved. Congrats!

  • Congratulations, Evan.

    Can you stand a small criticism? I listen to both podcasts, and I often recognize Mike Lacelle’s voice on 5×5, but he rarely or never gets a credit. That seems unfair.

  • The Blind Watchmaker

    I want to thank you guys (and gal) for 2 great podcasts. The SGU was the first podcast that I subscribed to and I look foreward to my commutes now. The 5×5 is great for quick breaks in the day. I like the Skeptics 101 format of covering a basic skeptical topics.

    Keep up the great work!

  • guslado

    As it turns out, 5×5 is an aeronautical term referring to radio signal strength and clarity. 5 by 1 means a strong signal is present but what is being said can’t be understood; 1 by 5 means what is being said can be understood, but the signal is weak. Thus, 5 by 5 means the signal is ideal on both counts (aka-Loud and Clear)

    It’s also a second science fiction reference to the character Faith on the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” who frequently used the phrase much to the confusion of everyone else.

    Thought you’d all appreciate this random knowledge.

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