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Go to: How far should we trust health reporting?

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"If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed" -Mark Twain

I don't bother with newspapers when it comes to anything remotely near a scientific matter. The media is good for letting you know if a tsunami or hurricane hit a populated area, outside of that I will rarely even listen to them. Every few years there's a new end-of-the-world flu epidemic (just pick an animal, tag on "flu" to the end of it, and you have a journalist's sensationalist dream), it does far more damage reading rubbish like that than it does not reading it.

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:49:32 UTC | #640459

Go to: Don't pray for me

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Comment 1 by debonnesnouvelles :

at 02:38: "...It's well known that optimistic people tend to recover from illness more quickly than pessimists, because their mind is working with them and for them, not against them..."

Is this really so? Has this been confirmed experimentally? Otherwise such claims could be just another stick to beat seriously sick people with. "Think positive or else..."

This caught my notice as well. A quick 5 minute search didn't show anything solid on it, but it definetly doesn't seem made up by Pat. In some ways it does make sense when you consider how effective placebos can sometimes be.

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 03:39:29 UTC | #637022

Go to: Phallic Symbols at Denver International Airport

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Are we sure this isn't satire? He seems pretty serious, but surely no one is stupid enough to believe that engineers creating airports are scheming to make questionable and obscure shapes of penises?

I'll reserve judgment here, it wouldn't be the first time I mistook satire for religion and vice versa ):

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:53:58 UTC | #635443

Go to: Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

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Comment 4 by noahidios :

I feel so sad for Hawkins, so many great ideas in his mind and they can only trickle out on character at the time. given that there are some many people whose silence on any matter would benefit mankind, here is a man who could help our species advance if he could only communicate like most of us do.

Hawkins?! Some sort of superbeing that can put all religions in their place whilst doing all the working in his head?

Mon, 16 May 2011 03:47:44 UTC | #627245

Go to: Sharia law: an eye for an eye

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I never realised that people took this saying that literately.

Really leaves me speechless, where do you start?

Sat, 14 May 2011 13:30:03 UTC | #626738

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