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Are you calling these tweaks placebo?

1) "...the placebo phenomenon works! Else it wouldn't be a concern, would it?" I fully understand the placebo effect. If you are implying that the teleportation tweak works by way of suggestion, then you are admitting that it is simply a sugar pill - a $60 sugar pill!

2) "Could it be, that the only reason you dismiss this aspect so... dismissively, is that you're ashamed of not understanding it?" There was *nothing* dismissive about my statement concerning placebo effect, and I cannot conceive how one could possibly infer from the aforementioned statement that I don't understand said phenomenon. I simply stated that the only means (in my view) by which the Clever Little Clock or the Teleportation Tweak might work is fideism.

3) "Also you use that word, "seems" -- got any scientific evidence to back that up?" I used the word 'seems' in the context of one's judiciousness - no scientific evidence is necessary. However, in this age of pseudoscience, prudence dictates that the more extraordinary the claim, the more extraordinarily well-tested the evidence must be. The previous sentence applies to the two cited tweaks in spades – I cannot imagine more extraordinary claims. So, I hereby turn your request on you – got any scientific evidence to back these tweaks up? By the way, anecdotes do not a science make.

For a better understanding of my mode of thinking, I highly recommend Michael Shermer’s book “Why People Believe Weird Things” – I think there are some individuals here who would benefit from a little more skeptical thinking.

"Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny" FZ

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