Comments on: Oprah’s anti-science tendencies http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Tex_gal http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/comment-page-1/#comment-2398 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:09:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/#comment-2398 If you can “wish” things in to being then the converse must be true. So, all of the “bad” things that happen to people must have been wished for as well or they didn’t wish hard enough for the good? What a crock!!! A positive outlook is beneficial in the long run. If you focus on the positives, you don’t have time to dwell on the negatives but it doesn’t make good things happen to you. I once had a debate with a fellow member of a Bible study that I was in. She vehemently declared that all illness was punishment from God for something that you had done. I don’t believe that either, especially since one of the best persons that I know has incurable non-Hodgkins lymphoma…I doubt that he ever did anything to bring that scourge on himself! Believe in positive thinking but understand that sh*t happens regardless.

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By: DollarEd http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/comment-page-1/#comment-2389 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 17:23:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/#comment-2389 Oprah’s magic is just another facet of human’s preference for a world better (or more to my liking) than the one we actually live in.

Isn’t that the essence of Bush Republicanism? Free markets will solve all problems and brute force will make America safe.

Or the real estate bubble: I will get rich just by owning my house, and even richer if I own two. Real estate never goes down in value, they aren’t making any more planet earths…..

Or the dot.com bubble: I will continue to make 25-40% in my portfolio. The internet is so revolutionary, and the era of friction-free commerce is so close at hand, that all rules of fundamental economic analysis are invalid.

The better question is why all of the snake oil peddlers aren’t hooted off the national stage. They cause so much damage.

My hypothesis is the development of pander culture in the media. When media is about selling units based on reinforcing people’s emotional preferences, it is then a cheerleader for snake oil peddlers, whether they be Jim Cramer or Oprah or Bill O’Reilly.

Until media, and particularly news media, re-develop a value for their reputation for accuracy and truth-telling, hte airwaves will be a safe haven for snake oil of all sorts, and wasteful and damaging mass behaviors will continue to plague our society in needless volume.

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By: mmodine http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/comment-page-1/#comment-2359 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 20:50:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/#comment-2359 RE: devolved
Actually, adult humans are not dualists, children are. Most humans grow up and gain the ability to discern reality from fiction.

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By: Scott http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/comment-page-1/#comment-2358 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 20:49:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/#comment-2358 So if you are so preoccupied with the present that you don’t notice all the possessions, relationships, and skills that you already have until the moment you need one or more of them, you then believe you created them, instead of just remembered them. That is an interesting view of our place in the universe, except when perishables are involved.

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By: devolved http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/comment-page-1/#comment-2350 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 18:28:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/03/oprahs-anti-science-tendencies/#comment-2350 slow news day felix? Alternatively, if you simply leave something on a busy persons desk, who is inundated with a steady stream of “gifts” by people and companies that are promoting themseleves they might not notice it. But moreover, Humans are dualists, accepting the rational and intuitive simultaneously, even when they seem to be mutually exclusive.

The majority of Americans are self declared spiritual beings and beleive in science. And many other such dualities exist. If anything the article proves that many scientists dont grasp there are boundaries at which point their relevence ceases to be, well, relevent, not because of an anti-science instinct within people, but because most human experience predates scientific reasoning, and is therefore experience life as greater than.

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