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What do the opposers of the science she cites think? In other words, what is the argument against her claims?

What do the opposers of the science she cites think? In other words, what is the argument against her claims?

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    Aug 16 2012: The main argument would be that she makes a causal attribution, where it might be only a correlation.
    Playing games will not make you fall in the studied categories.

    But then again, I don't think this talk is to be seen as very scientific. But it is worth doing the experiment to test it ;-)
  • Aug 10 2012: I enjoyed Jane's talk on "Superbetter". However her topic takes into account today's new phenomena which is game playing and so she has the perfect petrie dish to inject time tested claims of positive thinking, active lifestyle and emotional attachment as ways to live longer. I still enjoyed it and now have to pass it along to my son-in-law who is a great gamer and then have to listen to him tell me that he told me so about gaming. Of course I told him that it is a waste of time. Keep going Jane. You look good as well.
  • Jul 17 2012: Interesting. Thanks.
  • Jul 17 2012: I mean, the things that she says prolong one's life, does anyone dispute these claims?
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      Jul 17 2012: My suspicion is that the evidence would suggest either that these practices lengthen life for some categories of people or that there is no statistically significant difference in lifespan from these practices. But these practices are in either case entirely consistent with the advice of many TED speakers on how to lead a happy and fulfilled life.
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        Jul 17 2012: Ah but Scott, what is significant statistically over a lifetime? Do we use .05 or .01?

        I entirely concur with your statment quoteed below.

        But these practices are in either case entirely consistent with the advice of many TED speakers on how to lead a happy and fulfilled life.
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    Jul 17 2012: Are you looking for people who might take issue with her precise calculations of how many extra days or years one might live, or are you looking for people who do not believe that being active rather than sedentary, connected to others rather than isolated, able to summon positive thoughts to offset negative ones, and so forth increase the lifespan? I don't think these general claims are novel or controversial.