ORLY-EP0113A - Conspiracy Bias Epistemology & Breakfast of Champions

ORLY-EP0113A - Conspiracy Bias Epistemology & The Breakfast of Champions

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #113A recorded Friday JUNE 10th, 2016 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspect, Daniel Atherton.

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Errata: From the mailbag:

Andy, I loved the coverage of the gunshot wound caulk gun. I had an insight that I think it's accurate. The conversation seemed to overlook a key element: clotting factor. See, my nephew has a mild bleeding disorder. He's not of royal lineage or anything, but it takes him about 20% longer than normal for a cut to seal up.

See, his specific condition is a lowered amount of a clotting factor that forms a web or lattice type structure around a wound, which catches the platelets. Once it catches enough to clog the lattice, it is sealed. I imagine this technology would work the same way. So it's not just the sponges swelling to fit the wound. It's also them catching the platelets to make a hemostatic seal.

Typically, this clotting factor will start forming around the edges of a wound, and build upon itself. That's why you want to pinch a wound closed until the bleeding stops, and you have to be so careful about it not reopening. This technology is perfect for large, deep wounds that aren't likely to seal up. It makes me ridiculously happy orlyish.

All the love,

Daniel Bible Pants Duncan

From one of our Patreon Supporters. Did Google manipulate search for Hillary? https://www.facebook.com/SourceFedNews/videos/1199514293432055/

Potpourri: Guests/Rants/Etc:

  1. Confirmation Bias (http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases)
       the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories.

  2. Herd mentality, or mob mentality, describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or purchase items. Examples of the herd mentality include stock market trends, superstition and home décor.

  3. Bandwagon effect — the tendency to do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same. Related to groupthink, crowd psychology, herd behaviour, and manias.

  4. Illusion of control — the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes that they clearly cannot.

  5. Reactance — the urge to do the opposite of what someone wants you to do out of a need to resist a perceived attempt to constrain your freedom of choice.

  6. A conspiracy is a secret plan to achieve some goal. Its members are known as conspirators. A conspiracy theory originally meant the theory pre-formed conclusion that an event or phenomenon was the result of conspiracy; however, from the mid-1960s onward, it is often used to denote ridiculous, misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish or irrational theories. One of the worst things about conspiracy theories is the fact they are almost airtight. Every debunking or piece of evidence against it will be viewed as an attempt to "misinform the public", and the lack of evidence for it is viewed as a government cover-up. Not everyone involved in a conspiracy necessarily knows all the details; in fact, sometimes none do.

This Week in History: 

  1. Canned from Fred

Logical Fallacy


Complex Question Fallacy
The complex question fallacy is committed when a question is asked (a) that rests on a questionable assumption, and (b) to which all answers appear to endorse that assumption.
“Have you stopped beating your wife?”
This is a complex question because it presupposes that you used to beat your wife, a presupposition that either answer to the question appears to endorse.
“Are you going to admit that you’re wrong?”
Answering yes to this question is an admission of guilt. Answering no to the question implies that the accused accepts that he is in the wrong, but will not admit it. No room is left to protest one’s innocence. This is therefore a complex question, and a subtle false dilemma.

Science Bitches!  

  1. http://www.salon.com/2016/06/07/virtually_everything_america_calls_a_breakfast_staple_is_a_corporate_myth_partner/

  2. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a21268/scientists-turn-bacteria-into-living-hard-drives/

  3. http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-confirm-a-second-layer-of-information-hiding-in-dna

  4. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/zika-virus-outbreak/zika-virus-might-also-spread-oral-sex-french-researchers-n585221

  5. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/new-immune-therapy-drug-gives-bladder-cancer-patients-fresh-hope-n585606

ORly Radio Show 94 - How US Elections Wonk PT1 Nominations

ORly Radio Show 94 - How US Elections Wonk PT1 Nominations

Welcome to ORly Radio Show 94 for Friday January 29th, 2016 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen with David O’Connor, Michael Robinson, Fred Sims, Stephen Griffith, and Ren Cowen.

We got an iTunes review!

Great show ***** by Histrionicspock
This show should be called, "Getting angry at ignorance" :) It is super fun to listen to the hosts inform, but also entertain by how justifiably angry they get at the ignorant people in today's society. Worth a listen!

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The zika /zē kă/ / ZEE'-ka/ virus was first described in 1947 as an RNA virus found  in rhesus monkeys of the Zika Forest of Uganda, Africa.  The first large outbreak recorded in humans was outside Africa and occurred 2007 in Micronesia with about 5000 people reporting symptoms like dengue fever.   A look at saved blood samples from West Africa showed infections in humans from 1968 – 2002.  Symptoms were mild dengue like sickness, but were not noticed at the time because the blood was taken to identify other problems.  At some point the zika virus mutated and jumped species from monkeys to humans. The RNA genotype was fully sequenced by 2007 showing 43 distinct strains.  The zika virus showed adaption to many different species of mosquitos as an intermediate host: Zika is able to invade and be transmitted by several species of mosquitos.  By 2014 zika had outbreaks in Europe, Asia and Indonesia.  No microcephalus cases were noted in babies in any of these or subsequent outbreaks, but that may be because they were not looking for it.  Perhaps during the world cup soccer match the virus began to show up in South America in 2014.  In 2015 Brazil reported to the World Health Organization the number of microcephaly cases suddenly rose to ten times the normally reported cases (some reports say the increase was 90 times normal).  Because zika can live in nerve cell it was postulated that the increase in reported zika cases could be the causal link to the increase in microcephaly.  The actual link and mode of action has not yet been demonstrated.  Zika arrived in Brazil in 2014 and has spread as far as Central America with a few transported cases from there reported in the U.S.  I live in Michigan where it is currently 11 degrees.  Since this is a tropical and sub-tropical virus so far, I give it a few years before it reaches me and by that time hopefully, much of the science about this virus will be done.  Stay calm and swat mosquitos.
miles aka meters1600

RANT Segments & Headlines:



  1. On this Day in History:

    1. Kansas admitted to Union as 34th State - A Free State - 1861

    2. Iran signs treaty of alliance with Great Britain and USSR - 1942

    3. William McKinley born - 25th President, 1st to Ride in Car - 1843

    4. Kubrick’s black comedic masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove Premieres - 1964

    5. “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe Published - 1845



-BREAK- Voicemail

The Good:



  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/us/oregon-standoff.html?_r=0 Ammon Bundy has been arrested along with 10 others.

  2. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-equal-pay-obama-20160129-story.html Obama is working to close the gender gap by making companies report wages.

-BREAK- Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/loaded-question


The Bad:


  1. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3477802-155/iran-flies-unarmed-military-drone-over Things are still shaky with Iran.

The Ugly:


  1. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/oklahoma-lawmaker-wants-to-outlaw-depressed-and-suicidal-lgbt-children-from-seeing-gay-friendly-therapists/ Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern hates gays :(

  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/us/burns-oregon-protest.html The untold costs of sedition.



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Fred’s: https://www.teevillain.com/ Taking over the world one t-shirt at a time.

David’s: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3477809-155/everything-we-know-about-teslas-secret Because drooooooool.

Stephen’s:  http://obviousplant.tumblr.com/




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