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A black lion: real or fake?
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Fake Fish Photos
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Rare planetary alignment decreases gravity, 1976
Paul Krassner's Stereophonic Hoax, 1960
The worms inside your face
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
What separates skeptics from believers
Fascinating article in New Scientist reports on research that posits that what really separates skeptics from believers (when it comes to matters such as paranormal activity) is brain chemistry. Those with high levels of dopamine in their brains seem to be more prone to see patterns and meaning in random pieces of information. When the drug L-dopa was given to skeptics, they likewise became more prone to see patterns in randomness as well. Of course, the researchers seem to be assuming that the patterns weren't really there. But maybe they actually really WERE there, but the researchers themselves weren't able to see them because their own levels of dopamine weren't high enough. I wonder if the researchers noted their own dopamine levels as part of the study.
Categories: Science
Posted by The Curator on Fri Jul 26, 2002
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