Is it just me...

  • Medjai

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    Nov 09, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    ... or iis this site unusually susceptible to hearsay, pseudoscience, placebo, propaganda, and stupidity?

    Just something I've noticed.
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Yes. But it's not just this site. Society in general is getting dumber with each generation. We have smartphones to do our thinking for us now!

    And this movie is getting close to becoming a documentary. icon_lol.gif

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  • Medjai

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    Nov 10, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    xrichx saidYes. But it's not just this site. Society in general is getting dumber with each generation. We have smartphones to do our thinking for us now!

    And this movie is getting close to becoming a documentary. icon_lol.gif

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    I just see it so much more here. The health crazes, the scientific 'breakthroughs', etc.
  • kevmoran

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    Nov 10, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    Guilty as charged.
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    Nov 10, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    I just see it so much more here. The health crazes, the scientific 'breakthroughs', etc.
    From my observations, guys mostly post questions in the forums to seek validation, not to seek actual answers. That's why I've cut back on answering most of the fitness related questions. In general, people will believe what they want to believe. I posted a tread about this a while back, but it didn't get much notice..

    "Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite. In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger."

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/
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    Nov 10, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
    This thread is very timely. To answer your question, yes. On the workout stuff, there's so much broscience generally, I don't think this site is worse than any other fitness site. But the lack of scientific literacy - combined with certitude of correctness - is kind of astounding.
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    Nov 10, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    Medjai said... or iis this site the Internet unusually susceptible to hearsay, pseudoscience, placebo, propaganda, and stupidity?

    Just something I've noticed.


    Fixed.
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    Nov 10, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    No. This site actually has more science-minded members than many other sites I've been to. Facebook is the absolute worst.