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Discuss the note to the TED community on the withdrawal of the TEDxWestHollywood license.

For discussion: http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/01/a-note-to-the-ted-community-on-the-withdrawal-of-the-tedxwesthollywood-license

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    Apr 7 2013: Josephson is a smart cookie.

    http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bdj10/

    However, he is supportive of a theory for the "memory of water":

    http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bdj10/water.memory/ns/homeopathy.html

    Can a Nobel prize winner in physics support pseudoscience?

    Brian David Josephson
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_David_Josephson

    What about chemist Linus Pauling and Vitamin C?

    Linus Pauling
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Pauling

    The Dark Side of Pauling and Vitamin C
    http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/pauling.html

    Vitamin C - The Linus Pauling Institute
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/
    • Apr 7 2013: John, you seem to imagine pseudoscience is the topic and not the method. Thus you are associating science with current scientific findings and not the method of finding them. This is a very common misunderstanding and one you seem determined to promote. This is why I think anti-science advocates such as yourself do far more damage to science than a few people conducting experiments to see whether things you are ideologically committed to are true or not. That's the rough side of science - it sometimes exposes one's cherished beliefs as wrong - and your beliefs hold no special place such that they are exempt from investigation however much you might wish it was otherwise..
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        Apr 7 2013: No, Amfortas. I am not mixing it up. I have been pointing out that there is a huge difference between beliefs of 0 > p > 1 and beliefs of p = 0 or p = 1.
        • Apr 7 2013: There is indeed a huge difference between any beliefs of things possible and beliefs of 0 > p > 1.
        • Apr 7 2013: Who needs p=1 or p=0 but mathematicians and control freaks? Above 4 or 5 sigma is generally accepted for proof in science, but not for psi, according to Dean Radin.
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        Apr 7 2013: That's very nice, Amfortas, but if someone were to draw a conclusion from your story, they would be committing a fallacy based on anecdotal evidence.

        Anecdotal evidence
        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anecdotal_evidence
        • Apr 7 2013: Calling for investigation or support is not conclusion, you mix this up. Still I can draw a conclusion from my personal evidence. I followed the story about the nature article, not knowing about Randi, but this looked suspicious. Now a few years later, as I know it works (from personal experience, in my case, like switching on a light bulb) even more so.

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