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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Pseudo-Science

    by , 08-23-2018 at 02:31 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I have observed that while most people choose purely (or mostly) mental constructs as the objects of their religious type thinking to believe without evidence, and there is an advantage in opting for the non-physical, because there is discernable evidence that might show you are wrong, and one can think without the restrictions of rules of logical and evidence. But people have put forth many things that simply are not true and claimed that they were scientifically true, even though there is physical, ...
  2. Marketing Lies

    by , 06-30-2018 at 03:35 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Beyond fake news and other forms of lying we find marketing puffery:
    “The FTC stated in 1984 that puffery does not warrant enforcement action by the Commission. In its FTC Policy Statement on Deception, the Commission stated: "The Commission generally will not pursue cases involving obviously exaggerated or puffing representations, i.e., those that the ordinary consumers do not take seriously." e.g., "The Finest Fried Chicken in the World.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffery ...
  3. Flat Earth and Other Silliness

    by , 12-10-2017 at 09:30 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Last week there were some stories on google news about a man who was planning to shoot himself off in a steam powered rocket to take photos that would prove that the Earth is a disc. One of those articles mentioned youtube videos and other material. I foolishly wasted more than an hour with videos and articles that demonstrated that education isn't as good as it should be. The main video told how the U.S.A. and the USSR had done many high altitude nuclear tests in attempts to smash through the firmament. ...
  4. Fine Art of False Premises

    by , 09-12-2017 at 07:39 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Using false premises allows one to create a seemingly logical argument that is false. An easy way to build on false premises is to base one’s argument on opinions, rather than facts. For example, sometime last week I saw several things to the effect that ACC had caused hurricane Harvey. The first time I heard that, I just laughed, but with several repeats I started to be concerned. Apparently, some people have forgotten that hurricanes existed even back in the Little Ice Age; they start without ...

    Updated 09-13-2017 at 07:53 PM by PeterL

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