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General Discussion / Re: Starting Over At Episode #1
« Last post by seamas on Today at 11:09:10 AM »
I think I started listening about a year or so before Rebecca left. So while listening to new episodes I also listened to episodes starting at #1
Last year I completed all of them and have started back again from the beginning.  The amount of info on the show is considerable so it is interesting that re-listening is still informative for me.
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http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150630-my-dentist-saved-my-tooth-but-stole-my-memory

Thoughts?
He has no brain damage and his memory centers are intact but he wakes up each day thinking his adult kids are still children and it's the day of his dental appointment.
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Tech Talk / Re: Cryptocurrency
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 11:07:36 AM »
It's been a decade since blockchain was invented, and in spite of predictions that it would be useful in other applications, nothing to date has been done with it except cryptocurrencies. And those have proliferated to no purpose other than black-market transactions and speculation.

Before there was Bitcoin there were people who insisted on transacting only in precious metals. I knew a guy who refused to use money. He would only work for payment in silver, and would only purchase with silver. So he had to find a job where the employer was willing to go to a coin shop and buy silver to pay him, and he had to find a store where the owner was willing to accept his silver and then go to the same coin shop to exchange it for money. Very profitable for the coin shop owner. Very difficult for my acquaintance. I don't think he was able to maintain this for very long. I lost track of him shortly after.

Bitcoin and its imitators are a lot like that, though buying and selling the cryptocurrency might be a little bit easier than exchanging silver in a coin shop. And with the further difference that crypto is actually useful for black market transactions, and is generally far more volatile than silver.
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Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: Wansink.
« Last post by jt512 on Today at 11:02:49 AM »
p-hack and HARK.

What's "HARK"?

Hypothesize After the Results Are Known. 
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Are you an antitheist?
« Last post by Noisy Rhysling on Today at 11:02:20 AM »
The problem is that I think that most "mind-capturing ideologies" are religions, and even more, the most dangerous ones.
Like philosophy.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Are you an antitheist?
« Last post by daniel1948 on Today at 10:53:40 AM »
I still find it interesting that avowed atheists believe so much in the "power of God" to direct people's lives.
Eh?

I echo Noisy's "Eh?"

As an atheist I certainly do not believe in the "power of God" to do anything, since there is no god. I do think that religious belief affects people's lives in very negative ways. From the subtle (the weakening of their ability to think critically or skeptically) to the overt (intolerance towards people who do not conform to some specific religious "moral" code that has nothing to do with any objective morality.)
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Sorry to mix politics in the science section.

Does that also include all the doctors and reputable news journalists/sources who think water allergy is plausible?

I have yet to see any evidence of any reputable doctors or news journalists that think so...so yeah.

Yeah, where are these doctors and reputable journalists and news sources?
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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 10:44:45 AM »
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Are you an antitheist?
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 10:41:44 AM »
The problem is that I think that most "mind-capturing ideologies" are religions, and even more, the most dangerous ones.

Religions, political affiliations, and other kinds of cults.
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Health, Fitness, Nutrition, and Medicine / Re: Wansink.
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 10:32:42 AM »
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