tisdag 16 november 2010

Skeptips 10.11.16

Mats Reimer rapporterar att det så kallade BOT-avdraget åter är uppe som riksdagsmotion.

Zooey lyfter fram antroposofins och Waldorfskolans mindre kända och vackra grunder. Såhär säger grundaren, Rudolf Steiner, om vissa barn:

"Den lilla flickan L.K. i första årskursen måste bära något allvarligt fel inom sig. Det är inte mycket vi kan göra. Det sker en ökning av sådana fall där barn föds i mänsklig skepnad, utan att egentligen vara människor beträffande sina högre Jag; i stället är de uppfyllda av väsen vilka inte tillhör människoarten."

Din hjärna på metaforer. Om det skriver Robert Sapolsky en mycket intressant artikel i The New York Times. Uppenbarligen har vi människor stora problem med att skilja på symboler och verklighet, både på gott och ont.

"Another brilliant study by Bargh and colleagues concerned haptic sensations (I had to look the word up — haptic: related to the sense of touch). Volunteers were asked to evaluate the resumes of supposed job applicants where, as the critical variable, the resume was attached to a clipboard of one of two different weights. Subjects who evaluated the candidate while holding the heavier clipboard tended to judge candidates to be more serious, with the weight of the clipboard having no effect on how congenial the applicant was judged. After all, we say things like “weighty matter” or “gravity of a situation.”"

Edzard Ernst sågar ännu en gång homeopatin.

"There was an outcry in September when we learned that children in Scotland were being given a homoeopathic "MMR vaccine", a product that offered no protection against the serious dangers posed by measles, mumps and, for pregnant women, rubella. This had echoes of the discovery a few years ago by Sense About Science, Simon Singh and Newsnight that some pharmacists were offering homoeopathic pills for protection against malaria to people travelling to Central Africa. Such practices may be disturbing, but they occur because we tend to think there is no harm in indulging the clamour to maintain the alternative health market."

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