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Dave W.
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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  18:46:27  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What quacky, woo, pseudoscience, nonsense practice do you think has the lowest percentage of honest, true-believer practitioners?

I think the percentage of honest, famous faith healers is very close to zero, while the not-famous ones are much more likely to believe their own bullshit.

I think the percentage of honest Kiai Masters is very high, because I think they and their students create a mutually reinforcing delusion cycle, which can only be broken by outside interference (and even then, they will make up excuses).

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Kil
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Posted - 06/06/2017 :  20:48:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

What quacky, woo, pseudoscience, nonsense practice do you think has the lowest percentage of honest, true-believer practitioners?

I think the percentage of honest, famous faith healers is very close to zero, while the not-famous ones are much more likely to believe their own bullshit.

I think the percentage of honest Kiai Masters is very high, because I think they and their students create a mutually reinforcing delusion cycle, which can only be broken by outside interference (and even then, they will make up excuses).
Right. I also think famous psychics have a very low percentage true believer practitioners, and at the same time I think there are tons of people who claim psychic ability who are absolutely convinced that they really are psychic.


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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  00:50:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
fame and profit massively increase probability it's a scam

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Dave W.
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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  09:20:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Coincidentally, Cracked just today published 5 People Ironically Ruined By Their Very Stupid Beliefs, which includes:
  • Jim Fixx, who had a heart attack while running to prevent heart attacks;

  • Linda Hazzard, a fasting advocate who died during a fast to cure her own illness;

  • Derek Kieper, a seatbelt protestor who died because he didn't wear a seatbelt;

  • Wesley Snipes, a tax protestor (and "actor") who went to jail for not paying taxes;

  • Christine Maggiore, an HIV/AIDS denialist who died from AIDS;

  • Hulda Clark, the author of cancer cure books who died of cancer, and

  • Jack Coe, a faith healer who got polio after utterly failing to cure a three-year-old's polio.

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 06/07/2017 :  23:50:05   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wesley Snipes did nothing wrong.

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Dave W.
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Posted - 06/08/2017 :  08:10:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

Wesley Snipes did nothing wrong.
Two words: Boiling Point.

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 06/08/2017 :  17:38:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I blame the director and editor for that flop. Snipes performance was terrific as always.

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Dr. Mabuse
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Sweden
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Posted - 06/14/2017 :  06:48:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like we had our share of Darwin Awards in that list...

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"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

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