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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by werecow on Today at 08:55:34 AM »
As for Depp, he is a complete trainwreck these days, who has been phoning in all of his performances for many years now. He is also a sleazy wife-beating alcoholic scumbag who should never ever be employed again.

I don't know anything about his personal life, but I strongly disagree on his performances.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #620
« Last post by Belgarath on Today at 07:58:33 AM »
Belgarath - Our overall point was that this stunt did not demonstrate that the field was compromised. Only that there are predatory open access journals that will print anything for money.
I did say that if the paper were published in a respected journal in the field, they would at least have something. You would then need to see if this were an aberration, an individual failure, or an inherent problem in the field. As I said, even Sokal had very conservative conclusions from his successful hoax.

Regarding Wakefield, I do think that was a failure of peer-review. But the paper itself was not that bad as written. The Lancet was not aware of the fraud behind the research. Further, the big problem was in the PR after the paper was published. Wakefield used the paper to push his anti-vaccine agenda. It wasn't really in the paper itself.

Ok, this makes sense, and when I relistened I believe we are saying the same thing.  Even if the paper was published in a high impact journal, that isn't evidence that the entire field is crap.

Skeptic magazine really needs to print a retraction.
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Is the SGU a bigger outlet than JREF?

Hell yes. By a factor of hundreds of thousands.

So the JREF is just one guy?
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by Rai on Today at 06:32:45 AM »
Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children. 8/10. I quite liked it. I was a bit concerned going in because of all the posts above lambasting Tim Burton's recent work. Guess I disagree with those posts.

Even though I was never the biggest Burton fan, I frankly don't get the hate for Burton( or Depp)'s work at all, but it seems to be in vogue to hate them nowadays.

I don't think anyone hates Burton, he has just been taken a few notches down from the "genious filmmaker" post that he occupied in common perception, despite his very mixed and often disappointing filmography.

As for Depp, he is a complete trainwreck these days, who has been phoning in all of his performances for many years now. He is also a sleazy wife-beating alcoholic scumbag who should never ever be employed again.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by werecow on Today at 06:09:20 AM »
Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children. 8/10. I quite liked it. I was a bit concerned going in because of all the posts above lambasting Tim Burton's recent work. Guess I disagree with those posts.

Even though I was never the biggest Burton fan, I frankly don't get the hate for Burton( or Depp)'s work at all, but it seems to be in vogue to hate them nowadays.
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General Discussion / Re: Genuine Mystery - SOS in Western Australia
« Last post by Caffiene on Today at 06:09:16 AM »
Come down to the Great Southwest with me and I'll show you debris patterns. That site has been groomed, and recently.

The great southwest of where?

As an australian, I can show you areas that display frequent "clearings" almost exactly like that. Areas that cover many square miles. If somebody is grooming them, there must be a full time team of hundreds of people going out to do so.

Unless you can be more specific about what debris exactly is missing.
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How significant is this?  I feel like people are going to misinterpret this as "humans evolved first in Europe,"  and it really isn't saying that. 

I feel like it's kind of arbitrary.  We  have common ancestors from all over the globe and oceans from before continents even took their modern shape.  One of them may have been in europe.  ok.

And you could just keep rolling back the argument. Humans evolved first in British Columbia, as the common ancestor of vertebrates, Pikaia (I know it is a LONG SHOT, but this is a hyperbole), was from that region.
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TV & Movies / Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Last post by GodSlayer on Today at 04:59:46 AM »
Suicide Squad

the use of slow-motion was idiotic

the 'you're a pussy' catchphrase seemed pretty pathetic.

ancient witch saying 'you don't have the balls' was pretty lame, too.

Aussie character was terribly written, uninteresting and unfunny

Quinn doing the reasonable 'we just saved the world' line seemed unnecessary
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Wow, to me it's still this dorky little thing I like that none of my friends have heard of...
Odd to think of it as THE skeptical flagship.

COOL.  :steve: :cara: :evan: :jay: :bob:
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Is the SGU a bigger outlet than JREF?

Hell yes. By a factor of hundreds of thousands.
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