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Science, Pseudoscience, and Crap
Posted: 04 February 2014 02:49 AM   [ Ignore ]
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So, as many of you know, I’m a Furry fan. Big surprise there.

A couple weeks ago, I attended Further Confusion, the second-largest furry con in the US. One of the panels was run by Dr. Samuel Conway, who is hands-down the most beloved figure in our fandom. ‘Uncle Kage’ is known for three things: One, being the Head Honcho of Anthrocon, the largest furry con. Two, his love for good wine that borders on his love for oxygen. And Three, being an amazing storyteller. Hundreds of people will pack convention halls to hear the man speak while he gleefully pickles his liver.

The panel was entitled ‘Science, Pseudoscience, and Crap’, and was quite entertaining. Being a reasonably intelligent person, and having hung around here, he presented no new information I did not already know, nor did I expect him to. That being said, it’s a pleasure to listen to him, so I sat through the panel. He did not disappoint.

The man had various things to say, describing the ways in which certain companies will shill their nostrums, fool people into handing over their money, and generally be horrible human beings. He had WORDS to say about Dr Oz, and… let’s just say that Wakefield was mentioned, and we’ll leave it at that.

Sadly, I can’t seem to find video of the panel, though I did find the version of it he did three years ago for Eurofurence (Europe’s largest furry con). A much smaller panel, with regrettable camerawork, and no powerpoint, but still entertaining to watch. First part is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIhqJD4flR8  There’s going to be a few in-jokes non-furries won’t get, but still, it’s silly fun.

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1: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. If it does what it says, you should have no problem with this.
2: What proof will you accept that you are wrong? You ask us to change our mind, but we cannot change yours?
3: It is not our responsability to disprove your claims, but rather your responsability to prove them.
4. Personal testamonials are not proof.

What part of ‘meow’ don’t you understand?

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