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UK comedians and pseudoscience

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitOct 10, 2009 12:00 PM


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I have always felt that scientists bashing pseudoscience may be a losing game; the "other side" uses emotional arguments and logical fallacies that appeal to our less rational brains, and can sway people far better than graphs, statistics, and, let's face it, reality. So maybe what we need are more comedians tackling these issues, mocking them mercilessly and letting people laugh at those who think diluted water can cure all ills, and that some people have the power to predict the future while never quite seeming to be able to win the lotto. That's why I like David Mitchell and Dara O'Briain. They tell it like it is. And they're really funny.

Tip o' the jester's cap to Rebecca.

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