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Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by DevoutCatalyst on Today at 11:28:19 AM »
Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Novichok nerve agent attack - UK
« Last post by PANTS! on Today at 11:22:12 AM »
General Discussion / Re: Steven Tyler vs Joe Rogan
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 11:05:17 AM »
I realize that Rogan has said he doesn't believe in bigfoot or ghosts anymore, but that's not my point.

I'm not saying that Rogan believes in it, I'm saying he doesn't really exhibit proper skepticism or critical reasoning skills. He just uses the skeptical demand for evidence as a bludgeon to discredit his guest's opinions and put him on the defensive. Then Rogan goes on to postulate other cockamamie theories that are just as unevidenced, but just a little more esoteric. Rogan is not really skeptical at all. He's just using the skeptics' tactics as ammunition in an egotistical game of one-upmanship.

That's why I found it really cringeworthy to watch.

Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Novichok nerve agent attack - UK
« Last post by goatboy1290 on Today at 11:04:27 AM »
What Would Sherlock Holmes Have Made of the Government’s Explanation of the Case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal?

Indeed, I think he would have thought this stunk to high heaven. But apparently it doesn't even raise to the level of 'conundrum' among this skeptical community.

The article is a useful summary. I agree with it 95%. Where I disagree is that it would not be possible to delay the effects of the nerve agent, although it seems logical to conclude that this is not a likely scenario. What is most likely is that the nerve agent was delivered shortly before the observed effects, hence the almost total synchronicity in their symptoms and lack of cross contamination between others (people who served them etc) during the 3-4 hours that they were out and about.

The facts support this version of events, they do not support the official version, the one that seems to be universally accepted on this forum. You are all doing logical contortions to avoid the possibility that the UK government is hiding something. But this is where the facts point.

I am yet to hear anybody interrogate this critical point in any meaningful, scientifically supported and logical manner. I do not expect anybody to start now. Go on......surprise me!!
General Discussion / Re: Steven Tyler vs Joe Rogan
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 10:43:04 AM »
Right before he says that bigfoot is the most likely one of those things to be true, he says he no longer believes in it (or that he used to believe in it).
He also indicates he doesnt believe in ghosts by using them as an example of the kinds of things woo believers buy into via crank magnetism (a term he doesnt use).

He does also spout a whole bunch of other unproven nonsense though.
My personally problem with Rogan is that he doesnt thrive on inquiry, he thrives on being authoritative and argumentative about whatever it is he currently believes.
Forum Games / Re: Visual Counting
« Last post by Morvis13 on Today at 10:40:49 AM »
Skepticism / Science Talk / Re: Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 10:39:18 AM »
The Earth is a terrifying place.
General Discussion / Re: Steven Tyler vs Joe Rogan
« Last post by John Albert on Today at 09:57:15 AM »
When's the bigfoot thing?

Around about 1:35.

Your description is the opposite of what he said.

Maybe you need to watch the video again.

They were discussing woo-woo TV shows, and Steven Tyler said he didn't believe in bigfoot.

To which Rogan replied that bigfoot was "the most plausible" theory promoted on those programs, because a real "gigantic bipedal hominid" called Gigantopithecus actually lived alongside early man as recently as 100,000 years ago.
General Discussion / Re: My new favourite super hero
« Last post by Harry Black on Today at 09:56:49 AM »
Why don't they ever show those guys doing a blind test, where the "target" doesn't know the "master" is "hitting" him?
That was the experiment that gave Jon Ronsons "The Men Who Stare at Goats" its title. Quite a funny story.

I do feel sorry for that old man but if thats what it takes to stop people following these dangerous ideas of martial arts mastery then I think it is worth it. And these things along with websites like Bullshido (despite its toxic bro culture) have actually done that. The UFC pretty quickly removed doubt from most peoples minds.

Theres a video somewhere of a human taser whos powers magically only work on his own students. People can handwave away anything, I know I did for a long time.
Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #670
« Last post by CarbShark on Today at 09:29:00 AM »
Photons don't have mass and I don't think Woody Allen ever said they did.

“Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.” — Woody Allen

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