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Posted: Nov 1, 2012 - 5:46pm

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In related news, the "amazing" Randi has become about as amazing as Dennis Miller is funny.

 
Did some one bend all your spoons?
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Posted: Nov 1, 2012 - 5:23pm

In related news, the "amazing" Randi has become about as amazing as Dennis Miller is funny.
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Posted: Nov 1, 2012 - 1:00pm

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Psychic pair fail scientific test
A scientific experiment has found that two mediums were unable to demonstrate that they had special psychic powers.

The test by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, tried to establish whether mediums could use psychic abilities to identify something about five unseen volunteers. (...)
They should have seen this coming... (Almost everyone else did!)

 

It's a rare medium whose predictions are well done.
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Posted: Nov 1, 2012 - 12:57pm

Psychic pair fail scientific test
A scientific experiment has found that two mediums were unable to demonstrate that they had special psychic powers.

The test by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, tried to establish whether mediums could use psychic abilities to identify something about five unseen volunteers. (...)
They should have seen this coming... (Almost everyone else did!) {#Cheesygrin}
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Posted: Oct 18, 2012 - 6:41pm


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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 5:46pm

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Ancient Aliens Debunked is a 3 hour refutation of the theories proposed on the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. It is essentially a point by point critique of the “ancient astronaut theory” which has been proposed by people like Erich von Däniken and Zecharia Sitchin as well as many others. All the claims are sourced at the website. It was produced by Chris White and includes commentary from Dr. Michael Hesier.


 
They've done an excellent job on this! Well worth watching, I also like how their website has different segments of the refutation available to watch seperatley. The part on the Nepherin (angel) myths particulary interesting and the clarification that the angel word should be translated as "giants"..hummm another example of the Homo family tree? after all there were lots of variations.  
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Posted: Oct 5, 2012 - 4:31pm

Ancient Aliens Debunked is a 3 hour refutation of the theories proposed on the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. It is essentially a point by point critique of the “ancient astronaut theory” which has been proposed by people like Erich von Däniken and Zecharia Sitchin as well as many others. All the claims are sourced at the website. It was produced by Chris White and includes commentary from Dr. Michael Hesier.

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Posted: Jun 6, 2012 - 7:23pm

eSkeptic: Deepak’s Dangerous Dogmas

Through much of history, religious faith was a strong component of medical practice. Diseases were often thought to result from blockages in the body’s flow of vital forces, or from possession by malevolent spirits. Eventually, scientific medicine far surpassed efforts of faith healers, so the latter was made to yield authority to the former. (...)
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 10:50am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Well they should be encouraging 2-year registrations anyway. It doesn't need to be "use it or lose it," in fact I don't know if that's the case anywhere. I've only had 4 vehicles in my lifetime and I can't remember if I was credited for unused months on the tags. It's been over 20 years since I sold or traded in a car. They just stay in the family somehow... But the convenience to me of registering in 2-year chunks might be something I'd do, at least on the car that's cheap to register. And wouldn't that save the state a little just in paperwork?

 

They do 2 year registrations if you want here in The Old Dominion.  You have to pass an emissions test every other year.
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 8:42am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Well they should be encouraging 2-year registrations anyway. It doesn't need to be "use it or lose it," in fact I don't know if that's the case anywhere. I've only had 4 vehicles in my lifetime and I can't remember if I was credited for unused months on the tags. It's been over 20 years since I sold or traded in a car. They just stay in the family somehow... But the convenience to me of registering in 2-year chunks might be something I'd do, at least on the car that's cheap to register. And wouldn't that save the state a little just in paperwork?

Hereabouts we can get a lifetime registration for seasonal vehicles—boats, snowmobiles, or motorcycles. Makes sense for everybody.
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 8:37am

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A voluntary superstition tax. What's not to like? Like a lottery, but without all the false hope.
 
Well they should be encouraging 2-year registrations anyway. It doesn't need to be "use it or lose it," in fact I don't know if that's the case anywhere. I've only had 4 vehicles in my lifetime and I can't remember if I was credited for unused months on the tags. It's been over 20 years since I sold or traded in a car. They just stay in the family somehow... But the convenience to me of registering in 2-year chunks might be something I'd do, at least on the car that's cheap to register. And wouldn't that save the state a little just in paperwork?
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 8:15am

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 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I think it's awesome. It shows some marketing skills not normally associated with a DMV, and at no real cost to them. If they get people to pay two years' worth, well that's fewer mailings they need to do, they have the money up front, and some people will sell their cars before the time's up and there's probably some unused registration that goes to the state from that. Whoever thought of it should get a bonus.

A voluntary superstition tax. What's not to like? Like a lottery, but without all the false hope.

 
My guess is that it was instituted by the DMV because of the overwhelming # of requests to not have a certain number.
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 8:08am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I think it's awesome. It shows some marketing skills not normally associated with a DMV, and at no real cost to them. If they get people to pay two years' worth, well that's fewer mailings they need to do, they have the money up front, and some people will sell their cars before the time's up and there's probably some unused registration that goes to the state from that. Whoever thought of it should get a bonus.

A voluntary superstition tax. What's not to like? Like a lottery, but without all the false hope.
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 7:57am

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This seems to be the closest available topic for superstition.

Went to renew my car registration online today (I know, all you libertarians out there will curse my cowardice for not refusing to be regulated and knuckling under to the state's totalitarian demands), and they actually offered me the chance to "avoid 13"  In other words, if I'm superstitious about having the number 13 appear on my license plate, I can choose to renew for an extra year!  Ya gotta love state-sanctioned acknowledgement of superstitious beliefs.

 
I think it's awesome. It shows some marketing skills not normally associated with a DMV, and at no real cost to them. If they get people to pay two years' worth, well that's fewer mailings they need to do, they have the money up front, and some people will sell their cars before the time's up and there's probably some unused registration that goes to the state from that. Whoever thought of it should get a bonus.
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 7:51am

 aflanigan wrote:
This seems to be the closest available topic for superstition.

Went to renew my car registration online today (I know, all you libertarians out there will curse my cowardice for not refusing to be regulated and knuckling under to the state's totalitarian demands), and they actually offered me the chance to "avoid 13"  In other words, if I'm superstitious about having the number 13 appear on my license plate, I can choose to renew for an extra year!  Ya gotta love state-sanctioned acknowledgement of superstitious beliefs.

 
Good thing you don't have 666
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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 - 7:44am

This seems to be the closest available topic for superstition.

Went to renew my car registration online today (I know, all you libertarians out there will curse my cowardice for not refusing to be regulated and knuckling under to the state's totalitarian demands), and they actually offered me the chance to "avoid 13"  In other words, if I'm superstitious about having the number 13 appear on my license plate, I can choose to renew for an extra year!  Ya gotta love state-sanctioned acknowledgement of superstitious beliefs.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 - 4:37pm

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That's one of the most absurd things I've ever read.
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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 - 4:24pm

eSkeptic: Zootherapy Debunked
Are people with pets more active and healthier than those without? Can pets increase the survival rate of cancer patients, stimulate good behaviour in children, relieve loneliness and redeem delinquents? In this week’s eSkeptic, Charles Danten takes a critical look at the animal-assisted therapeutic method known as Zootherapy.

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