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Sat, Jan. 22nd, 2011, 09:44 am
essentialsaltes: Proof of Cold Fusion!

Wait, did I say proof? I meant to say press release.

One of the researchers "has been accused of a few crimes, including tax fraud and illegally importing gold, which are unrelated to his research."

I hope this pans out and they become billionaires!

But I'm not betting any money on it.

Now that I've read the paper (which was 'published' in a journal founded by the researchers), the most suspicious thing to me is:

"No radioactivity has been found also in the Nickel residual from the process."
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Thu, Aug. 12th, 2010, 07:00 pm
politeskeptic: Member introduction

 Hello.  My name is Cal Booker and I'm new to livejournal.  I enjoy skeptical debates, and perhaps I could provide some debate material here myself.  If anyone could recommend other skeptical groups that I may join, or even "paranormal" groups, I'm interested in friends that I can agree with, as well as friends that I can disagree with.  There's a link to my main blog, which is fairly new, in my profile if you're interested.

I hope to take part in some interesting debates.

Tue, Nov. 24th, 2009, 01:54 pm
essentialsaltes: Nonsensical twaddle is immortal

Good Morning America offered a completely credulous account of the story of a Belgian man, who appears to be communicating via Facilitated Communication, a discredited practice that not only fails to provide actual communication, but has led to spurious accusations of sexual abuse. FC was discredited more than 15 years ago, but it's still around.

An article on the Belgian man with at least some skeptical input is here.

The business about the brain scans is interesting, and maybe it means what the doctors say it means. Nevertheless, if the patient is actually doing the typing, I'll eat my hat. Watch the video and see if you don't agree.

Sun, Aug. 9th, 2009, 02:20 pm
portiri: Abraham, Brahma?

Not well-versed in Hinduism or Judaism though I've read enough on this "Abraham-Brahma" link to think that it is very dubious. Yet many on certain boards claim it is the truth and variations of it sometimes eventually leads to the theory that the Vedic religion spawned everything else. If you could point me to rebuttals or if you have your own, that would be great. I've found only one so far: http://www.bad-language.com/sanskrit

Literature from actual scholars/scientists would be highly preferable as opposed to more crackpot theorists. Thanks.

Here is a link you can start from: http://www.viewzone.com/abraham.html

Also, cross-posted.

Mon, Aug. 3rd, 2009, 04:45 pm
marmaladious: Synchronicities

While I wouldn't place myself in the skeptic category, I recently sold this essay to Digital Bits Skeptic. Synchronicities and "The Odds".


Mon, Jul. 27th, 2009, 07:10 pm
rabid_chemist: (no subject)

Cracked on Conspiracy Theories

"Conspiracy theorists believe the world is run by schizophrenic shadowy organizations who - despite conspiring with millions in perfect silence - can't resist putting clues in things like major public monuments and every note of currency ever printed. Making the average Batman villain look like Professor Moriarty."

Wed, Jul. 22nd, 2009, 07:02 pm
areopagit_com: MindReader and learning

The specialists of the International center for education "Areopagit" (www.areopagit.com) develop the "convincing" to learn program. This program is designed on the base of the research of Dr. Igor Smirnov “Semantic Stimuli Response Measurements Technology”, or SSRM Tek, a software-based mind reader that supposedly tests a subject's involuntary response to subliminal messages.

The program inspires to recipient an idea about need to learn, think and develop their own abilities. If to unite this program with a network self spreading module (like a virus) then during several months it would install on hundreds of thousands of personal computers around the world. Besides, program can define the language of the user and use suitable - an English, French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian or Arabic.

Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009, 09:24 am
essentialsaltes: Accentuate the Contrapositive

Slightly edited and improved(?) crosspost from my journal.

The set-up: I have four cards. Each card has a letter on one side and a number on the other.

Suppose I suggest a possible fact about the cards: "Statement#1 - A card that has a vowel on one side must have a prime number on the other."

The four cards are lying on a table, and the faces you can see are:

E K 4 7

Which of the cards should you turn over in order to determine whether Statement#1 is indeed true? (ok, you could turn them all over, but suppose you are extremely fatigued, what would be the minimal amount of work you would have to do.)
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Wed, Jun. 17th, 2009, 09:13 am
essentialsaltes: Homeopathy isn't entirely useless -- sometimes it's harmful.

Homeopathy qua homeopathy says to me 'ingredients diluted to the point of absence.' Such preparations are of course impotent and harmless (except inasmuch as eschewing standard medical treatments can make things worse). However, in the unending war of snake-oil salesmen against standard medical treatments, homeopathy as a term has broadened somewhat into other kinds of alternative medicines, including some that contain ingredients that are actually there.
In 1994, with the aid of Sen. Orrin Hatch, the US passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, which allowed "natural supplements to be marketed without any proof of their purity, safety or efficacy. Producers of these supplements are largely exempt from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, which can take action against them only if they make claims about their products curing or alleviating disease — or if, say, their customers start dropping dead."
Or, if they start losing their sense of smell. Zicam protests its innocence, but is voluntarily recalling the affected products, now that the FDA has started to step in. (In 2006, Zicam also protested its innocence as it settled out of court with 340 anosmic users for $12 million.)

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