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Offline CraigOsaka

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Feelgood story about kidney trasnplant seeker has woo twist
« Reply #480 on: August 25, 2012, 02:55:20 AM »
Random click on a feelgood story yielded an interesting skeptical twist.
"Reiki" still gives me nightmares. Once I was asked to correct an English translation of a Japanese Reiki pamphlet. All I could tell my non-skeptic/non-woo boss (call her a "civilian", I guess?) was that the contents literally did not make any sense. It was impossible to "correct" it. Almost got in trouble until a coworker confirmed my story. Anyway, that words still jumps out for me, as when I saw this story.

Billionaire Ty Warner gives woman $20,000 for her cause after asking her for directions

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/billionaire-ty-warner-gives-woman-20-000-her-165731962.html

Vasilakos was at the intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and does not qualify for a transplant.

Very kind of the donor. Hopefully a happy ending. But the woo twist?

Vasilakos, an herbalist and Reiki teacher, received a package on July 16 with a $20,000 check and with a handwritten note from Warner.

Herbalist and Reiki teacher? Must be desperate to seek real medical treatment.
Wouldn't be surprised at all if perhaps there is a Steve Jobs-ish angle at work here. Using woo until too late, now needs real medicine?
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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #481 on: August 28, 2012, 03:28:18 PM »
I think SGU should check out a new Canadian activist group called Bad Science Watch.

www.badsciencewatch.ca

Its first projects are pressuring Health Canada to de-register homeopathic "vaccines" and countering anti-WiFi activism in this country.

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #482 on: December 09, 2014, 10:49:27 AM »
"If you can talk, you can breathe," would be a good myth to dispel.  It's behind a number of accidental killings by police, including the current high-profile Garner case out of Brooklyn, and I literally just now saw it in a TV show on Netflix. 

The gist of it is that the short-shallow breathes required to speak are not enough to keep you alive, but I'm unfamiliar with the mechanics of inhalation/exhalation and 'functional reserve capacity' beyond just 'this is what the diaphragm does,' and I only know that much due to public education.  I expect most people would be in the same boat.  It could make for a nice bit of science chat. 
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« Reply #483 on: December 11, 2014, 05:19:00 AM »
Not much that would surprise anyone here, just a further depressing example of harm from the "natural is good" meme. Producers selling unpasteurised milk as a cosmetic or baths to bypass laws prohibiting selling raw milk for human consumption. Surprise, surprise, toddler dies of a microbial infection. Ughh...

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/11/raw-milk-company-shared-image-mocking-labelling-unsafe
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/11/health-warning-following-death-of-toddler-who-drank-unpasteurised-milk

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« Reply #484 on: January 05, 2015, 01:25:31 PM »
I have a suggestion for the SGU's May 2nd 2015 10-hours-for-10-years live stream event. Some of my favourite show moments involve The Rogues competing with one another (usually Science or Fiction, obviously.) I also love that many of them are into gaming, particularly RPGs. I think it'd be great to see the rogues play an RPG game live on the show for a couple of hours.

I don't know much about RPGs like D&D, so I don't know how feasible this is, but perhaps if the game would take too long (or drag on), it could be modified to be only an hour or two? It could have a science and skeptical theme...or not, as The Rogues have gone off on tangents regarding their love for fantasy and sci-fi on the show in the past (the James Marsters interview comes to mind). Again, no doubt Steve, Evan, et al. have much more experience with RPGs than I, so they'd be a better judge regarding whether or not this would work.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #485 on: January 08, 2015, 09:09:44 AM »
Hoping that the documentary movie "The Principle" will be discussed/debunked.

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« Reply #486 on: January 10, 2015, 07:58:38 PM »
Article: Argentina Grants an Orangutan Human-Like Rights
From: Scientific American
Date: January 9, 2015

Audience Question:

To what degree does evolutionary conservation of brain structures connote conservation of function?
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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #487 on: January 13, 2015, 03:40:08 PM »
Always worth a look - another perpetual motion claim...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDqalCW-w14

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« Reply #488 on: January 14, 2015, 03:02:26 PM »
I'd be interested in knowing the panel's thoughts (especially Dr. Novella) on the "Thync" device (http://www.thync.com/) which purports to use low-energy transmissions manipulated by algorithms to affect people's moods.  Anecdotal reports based on reviews by tech journalists (see links below) seem to show an effect, although of course my first thought is placebo.  The device's website claims to have used blinded studies to isolate any placebo effect (in fact, they spend a lot of time on this ... an awful lot of protesting) but I'm not convinced. I realize that transcranial magnetic stimulation does have an effect, but could it actually affect emotional states and/or brain activity to the degree claimed here?  It's certainly stimulated my brain's bullshit detector, so a reality check would be nice.

Manufacturer website:
http://www.thync.com/

Recent tech journalists "reviews":

http://qz.com/325070/this-brain-altering-wearable-could-end-our-dependence-on-drugs/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/thync-wearable-hands-on/
http://www.gizmag.com/thync-mood-changing-wearable-hands-on/35535/
http://www.businessinsider.com/thync-mood-changing-gadget-2015-1
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2474823,00.asp
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/07/thync-mood-changing-wearable/

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« Reply #489 on: January 15, 2015, 04:38:26 PM »
I'd be interested in knowing the panel's thoughts (especially Dr. Novella) on the "Thync" device (http://www.thync.com/) which purports to use low-energy transmissions manipulated by algorithms to affect people's moods.  Anecdotal reports based on reviews by tech journalists (see links below) seem to show an effect, although of course my first thought is placebo.  The device's website claims to have used blinded studies to isolate any placebo effect (in fact, they spend a lot of time on this ... an awful lot of protesting) but I'm not convinced. I realize that transcranial magnetic stimulation does have an effect, but could it actually affect emotional states and/or brain activity to the degree claimed here?  It's certainly stimulated my brain's bullshit detector, so a reality check would be nice.

Manufacturer website:
http://www.thync.com/

Recent tech journalists "reviews":

http://qz.com/325070/this-brain-altering-wearable-could-end-our-dependence-on-drugs/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/thync-wearable-hands-on/
http://www.gizmag.com/thync-mood-changing-wearable-hands-on/35535/
http://www.businessinsider.com/thync-mood-changing-gadget-2015-1
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2474823,00.asp
http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/07/thync-mood-changing-wearable/



To piggy back on your topic, I read a great book by a brain scientist named Jill Bolte Taylor.  Is anyone familiar with it?  She asserts that changing the mind and the mood is available to all of us at anytime without the use of any outside stimulation of any kind.  I think this might be a great topic.  I found this book to be fascinating and useful...

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #490 on: January 15, 2015, 04:44:49 PM »
The name of the book is My Stroke of Insight

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« Reply #491 on: January 21, 2015, 12:55:03 PM »
I would like to see the SGU discuss this fairly damning meta-analysis of the health effects of sitting.

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327

Their conclusion was "Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity."

So in other words, even if you get appropriate exercise, sitting for a long time will still harm you.

I know that standing desks are already a popular fad (I have one) but I wondered: Are we really doing ourselves any favors by standing in place rather than sitting?

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #492 on: January 22, 2015, 03:30:28 AM »

Their conclusion was "Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity."

So in other words, even if you get appropriate exercise, sitting for a long time will still harm you.


Thank you for translating that- I don't think any of had the intellectual ability to understand the original statement.

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« Reply #493 on: January 22, 2015, 06:33:39 AM »
I know that standing desks are already a popular fad (I have one) but I wondered: Are we really doing ourselves any favors by standing in place rather than sitting?

Probably better than prolonged sitting, but I understand standing in one spot for hours has its own issues (like causing a higher propensity for varicose veins). I'd love a treadmill desk.

 

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