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Glenn Friesen


The Placebo Effect:

  1. a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient's belief in that treatment.

In other words, when a person believes a medicine will work, the "medicine" works, even when the medicine isn't actually medicine.

Belief itself can heal.

Faith healing is sometimes attributed to the placebo effect. Imagine 10 people praying over a sick man, the man believing their prayers are healing him, the sick man healing. This happens.  Faith Healing Shouldn't Work, But It Does

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"They won't all last, as has demonstrated, and their shutdowns could annihilate your linking history." - LifeHacker: Make Your Own URL Shortening Service

For every URL shortener that stays alive, 2 others die. A study in May 2012 showed that 61% of URL shorteners had shut down (614 of 1002 - ).

People and companies don't want their links to die. If you create your own URL shortening service for yourself, you control it's life and death. People and companies want that power, to retain the value of the their links.

It's not only life and death... it's branding. When you see, you think of Twitter (and, for some, also Columbia..). When you see, you can know it's a link to a Quora article (and, for some, also think of the United Arab Emirates...).

Also, DATA. Santeri Lindgren said it: "It's all about owning your own data".

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The scientific method judges new knowledge the same way it judges old knowledge -- through the scientific method.

A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method, and repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation. Very, very, very few scientific theories ever make it to scientific law. Even scientific laws can be dis-proven (Newtons gravity equation has been superseded to include relativistic components ), though it is very rare for them ever to be. But that's the whole point of the scientific method -- to -- as much as possible, but no more -- replace old knowledge that is not true with as much new knowledge that is true.

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Does thought exist? Only in our minds.

Does eternity exist? It does in our minds.

Eternity may also exist outside our minds, as, say, space -- but this is unknown because it takes an eternity to observe.

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Anything other than writing will become apparent to you as you proceed, but writing itself is the only, the first, the last, and the constant action you need take to be a writer.

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