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People are stupid

11th April 2007 (10:01)

Striscia la Notizia are currently occupying themselves with something called Oberon (see also biolaz.com and Oberon-Italia ) which purports to be an incredible medical diagnostic tool which connects to a laptop by USB (it seems) and to a human by headphones and was used (according to hidden camera footage) to discover that a woman had polystyrene in her bones and then to remove same. This thing (and the “doctor” who was operating it) however failed to spot that she had MS and was blind in one eye. And for this she was charged a couple of hundred Euros. In went Max Laudadio to ask them what they were playing at and their explanations went from the incomprehensible (the frequency for Italia Uno is in this room, right...) to the offensive (you're ignorant and the testimony you have from those doctors and health professionals is just useless paper) and the true but useless (“it's certified Class 1,” which just means that the case is earthed properly, and no I don't happen to have the medical certification from Russia on me.)

Clearly enough people are gullible enough that this scam built up sufficient momentum to appear on Striscia's radar. However we're dealing with a population who are taught that a little round biscuit turns into the body of Jesus Christ when someone rings a little bell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transubstantiation :“the Roman Catholic Church believes that, in accordance with what Jesus said, the underlying reality was changed: the "substance" of the bread was converted to that of his body. In other words, it actually was his body, while all the appearances open to the senses or to scientific investigation were still those of bread, exactly as before.”) and that Jesus died and than came back to life and then went to heaven just like you do when you die but is still alive or something so it's no wonder that they can't tell what's real and what's lies.

Yes, I went to Mass on Sunday. It was a joke. A church which was ugly inside and out, a nun who couldn't stay in key, a 12-year-old with a mullet and an acoustic guitar, and bored three-year-olds messing about. Lord, save these people from themselves.

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Posted by: Ian (darknessrisible)
Posted at: 11th April 2007 12:01 (UTC)
Capy 6

Do you read Bad Science in the Grauniad?

Posted by: shpalman (shpalman)
Posted at: 11th April 2007 14:18 (UTC)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/badscience/

I've read it once or twice, I should get into the habit. Here are some other links: http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/ http://cosmicvariance.com/

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