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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 03/07/2007 :  19:46:37  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
What sort of paranormal, pseudoscience, supernatural or "woo-woo" claims would you most like to be true?

Choices:
God exists, prayer and faith healing
perpetual motion, zero-point energy, overunity generators
alternative medicine
speaking with the dead, ghosts, hauntings
ESP, mind reading, remote viewing, clairvoyance
telekinesis, mind-over-matter
time travel, faster-than-light travel, large-scale teleportation
other (feel free to explain)

(Anonymous Vote)

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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
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Posted - 03/07/2007 :  20:10:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a great question!! I answered the time travel/FTL question, since both-- despite their woo-woo-ness, would (or could) help further our understanding of the universe. Just imagine stepping off that time machine and hearing the ancients speak and thinking "oh, so that's how Sumerian was pronounced"!
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H. Humbert
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4574 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2007 :  20:14:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I picked god, since with god "all things are possible." It's also the only option that offers immortality. Of course, if god is an overly-demanding dick or just decides to keep all the power to himself, telekinesis and large-scale teleportation would be pretty nice booby prizes.


"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." --Demosthenes

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." --Richard P. Feynman

"Face facts with dignity." --found inside a fortune cookie
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pleco
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Posted - 03/07/2007 :  20:55:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with H, just don't relish the thought of spending an eternity with Hovind, Falwell, and Robertson (it if is that version of god)

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Starman
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Sweden
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  00:21:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Starman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Alternative medicine, as it could be defined to includes remedies that in the future will be included in conventional medicine, but have not been investigated properly yet.
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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  00:31:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I gotta have FTL travel!


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Dude
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  01:03:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, FTL and teleportation and time travel... would be fun!


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

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Hawks
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  01:14:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do you mean that frogs had wings as in "frogs have had wings for aeons" or as in "frogs started spouting wings the other week"?

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
It's a small, off-duty czechoslovakian traffic warden!
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H. Humbert
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  02:17:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hawks

Do you mean that frogs had wings as in "frogs have had wings for aeons" or as in "frogs started spouting wings the other week"?

"And if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their asses when they hop" is an idiom that basically means there's no point in "what ifs?" or in speculating about how things might be if things were different.

A slightly cruder expression with essentially the same meaning is "and if my aunt had a penis, she'd be my uncle."


"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." --Demosthenes

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." --Richard P. Feynman

"Face facts with dignity." --found inside a fortune cookie
Edited by - H. Humbert on 03/08/2007 02:21:21
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filthy
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  03:12:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by H. Humbert

quote:
Originally posted by Hawks

Do you mean that frogs had wings as in "frogs have had wings for aeons" or as in "frogs started spouting wings the other week"?

"And if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their asses when they hop" is an idiom that basically means there's no point in "what ifs?" or in speculating about how things might be if things were different.

A slightly cruder expression with essentially the same meaning is "and if my aunt had a penis, she'd be my uncle."



And, "if my aunt had balls, she'd be a pool table." I gotta think about it for a little while before I decide...




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"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


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Hawks
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  04:20:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
A slightly cruder expression with essentially the same meaning is "and if my aunt had a penis, she'd be my uncle."

Even if there had been a sex-reversal operation?

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
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filthy
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  04:32:12   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, I decided on the "Perpetual Motion & etc" option.

Reason being that if we could develop such, all the rest might become possible, or even likely.

Gods are a big enough nuisance when they don't exist, so that option's out.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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woolytoad
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  04:46:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send woolytoad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Other: DNA mutations give people super powers.
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Neurosis
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675 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2007 :  05:14:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Neurosis an AOL message Send Neurosis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave W.

What sort of paranormal, pseudoscience, supernatural or "woo-woo" claims would you most like to be true?


This really hinges on the who has it/is effected by it question, no?

Facts! Pssh, you can prove anything even remotely true with facts.
- Homer Simpson

[God] is an infinite nothing from nowhere with less power over our universe than the secretary of agriculture.
- Prof. Frink

Lisa: Yes, but wouldn't you rather know the truth than to delude yourself for happiness?
Marge: Well... um.... [goes outside to jump on tampoline with Homer.]
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  07:53:15   [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
I chose “other” because reincarnation and reaching nirvana aren't on the list. Living forever (in a way) and eventually understanding and being at peace with everything would be a pretty good deal. Plus, no God's. Only god consciousness for all who get there…

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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Siberia
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Brazil
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  07:53:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Siberia's Homepage  Send Siberia an AOL message  Send Siberia a Yahoo! Message Send Siberia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh damn, this is for not reading the question - I thought, "if frogs had wings, how the woo-woo would interpret it?" because I didn't read the question. D'oh.

But what I'd really like, is FTL travel and time travel. Come on, cool.

"Why are you afraid of something you're not even sure exists?"
- The Kovenant, Via Negativa

"People who don't like their beliefs being laughed at shouldn't have such funny beliefs."
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