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The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
Cat that walked 3000 miles to find its owners, 1951
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
The worms inside your face
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
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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