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March 19th, 2015
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A thing I would like
If you post a link about something that sounds really cool-- a cure for a serious disease, a wonderful product, whatever-- could you indicate in the title or first sentence how close the wonderful thing is to being available in the real world?

I'm tired of the cure only working in the lab or in animals and the product only existing as a prototype.

While we're at it, please indicate if that fascinating finding in social science was the result of a small simulated experiment combined with a plausible-sounding argument that the trait is universal.

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From:xiphias
Date:March 19th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Also, if the miraculous product or method exactly duplicates one of the classic confidence games or scams in history, please consider that.

I remember at least three "garbage-to-fuel" schemes where the photos of the setup looked, allowing for updates in what we expect technology to look like, pretty much like some Victorian-era through early 20th century "cheap wine to expensive wine" machinery, which, themselves, have significant similarities to some of the lead-to-gold apparatus of the Renaissance.

I don't think there are any new confidence games -- they're just updated to current interests. And posted to Facebook. By people who really ought to know better.
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From:sartorias
Date:March 19th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Amen.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:March 20th, 2015 09:37 am (UTC)
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If we could get the news media to live up to that standard, it would be a start. Science reporting is pathetically bad, and the headlines are usually worse than the stories.
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