In the first half of the show, food safety expert Jeff Nelken discussed food health in homes & restaurants as well as the recent contaminated peanut butter outbreak. This was the first time that salmonella was linked to peanut butter, he noted, but a specific cause for the contamination has not yet been determined.
Among the food health tips he shared were to use a thermometer in your refrigerator to achieve an optimal temperature of 41 degrees and to take food home quickly after grocery shopping, especially in the summer.
During the second half of the program, innovative biologist Rupert Sheldrake discussed his work exploring the extended mind and his latest telepathy experiments. People can often sense they are being stared at, even when they can't see the person looking at them, he has shown in studies. He believes this ability is rooted in our biological past and may have been developed to deal with danger. Criminals and people under threat tend to be more conscious of being watched, he added.
One of his online experiments tests whether you can feel when someone is looking at your photo and thinking about you. Sheldrake said that results indicate when there is a close connection between the two people, the telepathic scores are higher.
He described experiences debating his findings with skeptics (several audio recordings are on his website). While he finds open-minded skepticism to be healthy, he was critical of dogmatic debunkers who refuse to even review his research.
Bumper music from Thursday February 15, 2007