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PozzSka's Avatar Comment 1 by PozzSka


Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:00:00 UTC | #455245

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 2 by Bernard Hurley

So now I know what's wrong with me!

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:04:00 UTC | #455246

afyuen's Avatar Comment 3 by afyuen

Pity it isn't true... LOL

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:05:00 UTC | #455247

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 4 by Bernard Hurley

Comment #475799 by afyuen

Pity it isn't true... LOL


Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:07:00 UTC | #455248

Mbee's Avatar Comment 5 by Mbee

There's no point in posting this here on April 2nd. It is an April 1st article!

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:14:00 UTC | #455251

johnthomaskooz's Avatar Comment 6 by johnthomaskooz

Hhhmmm yes I'll have to read this considering that my "gullibility gene" has been exacerbated for quite some time (I've been duped by soooo many things. However, dawkins is obviously conducive to diminishing my "dupedness frequency"!!).

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:23:00 UTC | #455254

Superman's Avatar Comment 7 by Superman

how appropriate! its the WTF gene!

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:37:00 UTC | #455256

Dr. Strangegod's Avatar Comment 8 by Dr. Strangegod

“This correlation is so strong that we can speculate about a causal link with a high degree of certainty,” he concluded.
Heh heh heh...

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:42:00 UTC | #455258

wildhog's Avatar Comment 9 by wildhog

>"a part of the brain called the inferior supra-credulus was unusually active in people with a tendency to believe horoscopes and papers invoking fancy brain scans."

Heheh.. I kept re-reading that sentence, trying to make sense of the last bit, and thinking, "well its not April 1 anymore, but.."

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:48:00 UTC | #455260

dogofman's Avatar Comment 10 by dogofman

I think this interweb thingy and reposting of articles and blog posts makes it necessary for us to extend first of april by at least one more day. ;^p

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:03:00 UTC | #455262

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 11 by DamnDirtyApe

must be closely associated with the super-cala-fragilistic gland. It produces expialidosis.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:16:00 UTC | #455266

sara g's Avatar Comment 12 by sara g

That vaccine would completely destroy the infomercial industry.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:30:00 UTC | #455269

/Mike's Avatar Comment 13 by /Mike

: - )

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:38:00 UTC | #455273

Apathy personified's Avatar Comment 14 by Apathy personified

'Gullible'? - Isn't that an archaic word that has been removed from the dictionary?

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 14:50:00 UTC | #455274

Bernard Hurley's Avatar Comment 15 by Bernard Hurley

Comment #475822 by sillygirl

That vaccine would completely destroy the infomercial industry.

Don't worry about it. They've aready found the antidote. It's called the RC church.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:02:00 UTC | #455277

gumby gumby's Avatar Comment 16 by gumby gumby

April 1st

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:04:00 UTC | #455278

hairybreeks's Avatar Comment 17 by hairybreeks

Well, I'm convinced

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 16:07:00 UTC | #455286

hiraethog's Avatar Comment 18 by hiraethog

What's wrong with the Daily Mail?. A fine paper with well written thoughtful articles, and certainly not intended to decieve the gullible :-)

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 16:38:00 UTC | #455292

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 19 by Stafford Gordon

It must be true.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 16:50:00 UTC | #455296

Ron Millam's Avatar Comment 20 by Ron Millam

Even though it's an April Fools Day article, I was still tempted to post an extremely entertaining, extremely sarcastic comment regarding this discovery and its impact on religion. But then I thought to myself "Where would I begin? And how on earth would I know where to stop?"

So........... nevermind.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:04:00 UTC | #455301

huzonfurst's Avatar Comment 21 by huzonfurst

If it were true, zapping that section of the brain with an x-ray laser would become standard practice for newborns...

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:10:00 UTC | #455302

TIKI AL's Avatar Comment 22 by TIKI AL

By the age of 12 I realized that every member of every religion must have some form of this gene.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:18:00 UTC | #455303

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 23 by Bonzai

Is it an April fool joke or an experiment to catch gullible people?

See I don't have the gullible gene. Oh may be I do for believing that there is such a thing. :)

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:23:00 UTC | #455305

dogofman's Avatar Comment 24 by dogofman

Bonzai! It cannot be a april fools joke, because Ed Yong is always very serious in his intentions...
Or at least I've always enjoyed the science insights he use to post on his blog.

See what that means?...

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:11:00 UTC | #455310

Ed Yong's Avatar Comment 25 by Ed Yong

Dogofman: "I think this interweb thingy and reposting of articles and blog posts makes it necessary for us to extend first of april by at least one more day. ;^p"

I think the nature of many news sources makes it difficult to work out any difference between April 1st and the rest of the year ;-)

Glad people are enjoying the prank.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:20:00 UTC | #455314

dogofman's Avatar Comment 26 by dogofman

Ed! I take your comment as a greenlight to make any kind of prank post or prank comment any day of the year.


Oh I almost forgot I'm an atheist and free thinker and skeptic any way. But thank's non the less.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:32:00 UTC | #455317

Harvatos's Avatar Comment 27 by Harvatos


Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:34:00 UTC | #455318

dogofman's Avatar Comment 28 by dogofman

Yeah and I really appreciated the post by the way. I always seem to forget when I should be grateful.

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 18:36:00 UTC | #455319

afyuen's Avatar Comment 29 by afyuen

Re: ???????????????????? by Bernard Hurley

BH, I meant the article, not you personally in your comment! Sorry for the misunderstanding!

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 19:41:00 UTC | #455331

Duff's Avatar Comment 30 by Duff

Is this a different part of the brain than that which is effected by temporal lobe epilepsy? That disease can make people extremely spiritual and this one makes them extremely gullible. I fail to see the difference. This isn't an April fools joke at all! Its TRUE!!!!

Fri, 02 Apr 2010 20:04:00 UTC | #455336