fredag 22 januari 2010

Skeptips 10.01.22

Psyblog diskuterar bedrägeriets sju psykologiska principer.

"Good hustlers are excellent intuitive psychologists. Just like magicians they understand enough about how the mind works to exploit its vulnerabilities. Our fascination with hustlers is insatiable and, despite being criminals, they are frequently portrayed by Hollywood in a flattering light, in films like The Sting, Catch Me If You Can and the Ocean's Eleven trilogy."
Amerikanska militären har köpt en stora partier av kikarsikten med ingraverade bibelreferenser. Undrar hur sådant mottas i icke-kristna allierade och motståndare?
"Till exempel hänvisar JN 8:12 till Johannesevangeliet 8:12, som lyder: "Jesus talade åter till dem och sade: Jag är världens ljus. Den som följer mig skall inte vandra i mörkret utan ha livets ljus." En annan vanlig hänvisning är 2COR4:6, andra Korintierbrevet 4:6: "Ty Gud som sade: ljus skall lysa upp våra hjärtan, för att kunskapen om Guds härlighet, som strålar fram i Kristi ansikte, skall sprida sitt sken.""

Bluefree's Blog hittar man fler "lämpliga" verser. Men referenserna ska tydligen tas bort framöver, vilket verkar klokt.

Chefen (Jim McCormick) på ett företag som tillverkar "slagrutor" för bombdetektion har arresterats misstänkt för bedrägeri.

"Jim McCormick, 53, the managing director of ATSC which is based in a former dairy in Sparkford, Somerset, has been questioned by detectives from Avon and Somerset Police after a complaint that he misrepresented the devices."

Mer om detta hos Bruce M Hood (Supersense).

"To my utter surprise, Jim McCormick responded to my blog and invited me to a demonstration at his offices. How could I refuse? After the initial public correspondence on my blog, we entered into discussion by email as Jim was fed up of the harassment that he had experienced. I decided to play along and act as a genuinely interested party as I really wanted to get to the bottom of this. I even suggested that there was a possible scientific explanation. So I called his secretary. She called my secretary. My secretary called her and we played this game over the month of December."

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