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Forum: Doctor Who Today, 00:48
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So which stories in the 12th series feature...

So which stories in the 12th series feature Capaldi? Is he in the background somewhere in Genesis of the Daleks?
Forum: General Discussion Today, 00:28
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Views: 34,008
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So these elusive "gifted" ones are holding back...

So these elusive "gifted" ones are holding back the progress of humanity for selfish reasons? That's nice.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 18:22
Replies: 135
Views: 3,292
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This assumes that everyone reads entire threads...

This assumes that everyone reads entire threads in a linear fashion. In the context of DS, it's quite possible that someone may read the straw man without being aware of the target's true position...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 17:33
Replies: 135
Views: 3,292
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But surely that requires keeping patients in a...

But surely that requires keeping patients in a state of ignorance? The moment someone does the most cursory research into the efficacy of crystals or any other placebo, then their faith in the...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 16:14
Replies: 135
Views: 3,292
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Well, it's dangerous to apply beliefs to...

Well, it's dangerous to apply beliefs to something as complex as healthcare. There's a very good reason why it takes 6 years to train as a Doctor.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 16:03
Replies: 135
Views: 3,292
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If something is claimed to heal, then its...

If something is claimed to heal, then its efficacy is testable.

The "beliefs" defence only applies to claims which cannot be tested, such as the existence of Heaven.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 14:58
Replies: 135
Views: 3,292
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Reminds me of this:...

Reminds me of this: http://www.videobash.com/video_show/what-a-homeopathic-er-would-look-like-mitchell-and-webb-643401 :D
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 11:26
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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You tend to think in impossible absolutes, zx50....

You tend to think in impossible absolutes, zx50. Didn't you also say that a "psychic" must be 100% accurate?

It would only take one person to come forward and prove conclusively that they possess...
Forum: Movies 24-10-2014, 12:08
Replies: 22
Views: 748
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It's a decent enough film, but the "Based on a...

It's a decent enough film, but the "Based on a true story" claim really annoys me. I suppose "Based on unsubstantiated anecdotes" wouldn't look as good on the poster.
Forum: General Discussion 24-10-2014, 02:55
Replies: 21
Views: 815
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The strange thing is that both Renee and Jennifer...

The strange thing is that both Renee and Jennifer could be held up as examples of "good" cosmetic surgery. (Certainly better than the mutilation suffered by Michael Jackson and Lara Flynn Boyle.) The...
Forum: General Discussion 24-10-2014, 02:41
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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I'd be careful about saying he uses ticket...

I'd be careful about saying he uses ticket information as it's a serious allegation to make without hard evidence. The only ways Smith could get that information would be if:
A) He is personally...
Forum: General Discussion 24-10-2014, 01:22
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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If the ticket information was used, that would be...

If the ticket information was used, that would be a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. No performer should have access to the personal details of patrons. It would also require at least one...
Forum: General Discussion 23-10-2014, 17:17
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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It's hardly an "insult". As no such thing has...

It's hardly an "insult". As no such thing has ever been proven to exist, it seems pretty unlikely that any random member of the public can identify a real psychic. Particularly when Sally's audience...
Forum: General Discussion 23-10-2014, 16:10
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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If we're going to posit answers, we could come up...

If we're going to posit answers, we could come up with literally any explanation. Transmitting signals in the way you suggest is no more nor less probable than invisible fairies relaying messages...
Forum: General Discussion 23-10-2014, 15:43
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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Well, an ability supposedly possessed by many...

Well, an ability supposedly possessed by many living people has been studied for decades with no practical application yet.

This is something which should be demonstrable and useful. Unlike...
Forum: General Discussion 23-10-2014, 15:19
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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At what stage will society see any benefit from...

At what stage will society see any benefit from psi research? Will the "gifted" ones who can perform above chance expectations in picture guessing experiments become superspies or something?
Forum: Soaps 23-10-2014, 15:01
Replies: 104
Views: 6,233
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Because both characters have several family...

Because both characters have several family members living on the street.
Forum: Broadcasting 23-10-2014, 14:12
Replies: 72
Views: 3,131
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That idea would discriminate against atheists as...

That idea would discriminate against atheists as they would be considered perpetually available while the religious have first dibs on particular days.
Forum: Doctor Who 23-10-2014, 13:06
Replies: 5,652
Views: 1,003,147
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Brilliant! Although Poe's Law may apply here....

Brilliant! Although Poe's Law may apply here. Your findings may well be reported as fact by angry malcontents who want to believe Moffat is taunting them with "clues".:D
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 22:19
Replies: 53
Views: 2,145
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The reaction of the owner may decide whether...

The reaction of the owner may decide whether charges are brought against Banksy. However, let's assume a situation in which both Banksy and a typical graffiti artist are arrested and charged with the...
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 15:39
Replies: 53
Views: 2,145
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Cart-before-the-horse thinking. The mere fact...

Cart-before-the-horse thinking. The mere fact that the owner hasn't been asked permission means that the modification to their property is unauthorised and illegal.

Let's say Banksy and a tagger are...
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 15:29
Replies: 53
Views: 2,145
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I didn't compare the two. I merely used Savile to...

I didn't compare the two. I merely used Savile to illustrate the fallacy of saying "lodda good work for charidy" somehow offsets criminal activity.
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 15:23
Replies: 53
Views: 2,145
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Uh... yes. That's sort of the...

Uh... yes. That's sort of the point.:confused:

However, such forums are generally used for debate and discussion. If someone stands on a (virtual) soapbox and expresses a strong opinion, it then...
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 15:14
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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I have to agree with bolly on this one, zx50....

I have to agree with bolly on this one, zx50. 100% accuracy is unattainable in most contexts. What we need is evidence of consistent performance above chance expectations.

Prozac, for example, has...
Forum: General Discussion 22-10-2014, 14:54
Replies: 1,065
Views: 34,008
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Well, fraud is a dodgy area, seeing as Sally...

Well, fraud is a dodgy area, seeing as Sally operates within the context of "entertainment". She has not committed fraud in the legal sense of the word.

However, the law should be toughened so that...
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