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Skepticism, Facts And Evidence. Your Keys To Not Getting Scammed

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1. Video “Here Be Dragons” by Brian Dunning (4/15/14) is a fresh and critical overlook on the huge variety of so called “dragons” which exist in abundance even in our civilized society. This video promotes critical thinking and demonstrates the “red flags” that one has to look out for in order to detect pseudosciences. A pseudoscience is an idea that claims to be real but is not backed by any real science or evidence. For instance, hair analysis, feng shui, psychokinesis, homeopathy, numerology, aura analysis, the list could go on forever. The warning signs for such “sciences” are - appeal to authority, ancient wisdom, confirmation bias, confuse correlation with causation, red herring, proof ...view middle of the document...

2. Video “Body Worlds: The Plastination Process” (4/23/14) I found it surprisingly beautiful! I am not very fond of biology and anatomy and never was interested in finding out how the body works and what it looks like from the inside; however Gunther von Hagens, the creator of the exhibition, managed to present it all as a work of art. The exhibits don’t create the impression of something repulsive or creepy, the way one would normally think of the viscera of a corpse. Moreover, the positions and beautiful shapes that the bodies are placed in and exposed make it very attractive and interesting to examine them. As professor Hagens himself says, ”I want to bring the life back to anatomy. I am making the dead lifeful again. This exhibition is a place where the dead and the living mix.” The plastination process itself is very interesting as well, the way that they preserve the body and the organs to keep them attractive and presentable. Plastination of the body is not just about art, it is mainly science, Hagens thinks of himself chiefly as of a scientist who wants to enlighten people by means of aesthetic shock rather than cruelty shock.” If there was an exhibition somewhere not too far, I would love to visit and take a look on the unusual works of art, however if I had the choice of donating my body for organs or to “Body Worlds”, I would choose the first one. Mr. Gunther already has plenty of volunteers, willing to donate their bodies for his innovative project.

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