Power balance scam doing the rounds

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Dries van Tonder (December 23, 2010, 13:24:45 PM):
Go to http://skepticbros.com/placebo-bands/ and buy a placebo-band; great fun :D :D :D
Benjammin (December 26, 2010, 13:57:17 PM):
I think I just saw Morne Morkel wearing one of these *facepalm*
Mefiante (December 26, 2010, 15:15:01 PM):
Didn’t you know? Sportsmen tend to be very superstitious, reading meaning into all sorts of chance happenings.

'Luthon64
Benjammin (December 26, 2010, 18:17:44 PM):
Didn’t you know? Sportsmen tend to be very superstitious, reading meaning into all sorts of chance happenings.

'Luthon64


Interesting list, however magic bracelets aren't superstition, they are quackery. Sportsmen develop odd habits out of a miss assigning of cause and effect, not assigning possible cause to mysterious energy fields (although I am sure some do). Morkel didn't have a great day so hopefully he will put the band down, if he was ever wearing it (really really hope not).
Mefiante (December 27, 2010, 11:18:32 AM):
Superstition and quackery, like several other classes of weird things people practice and believe, are different faces of the same underlying phenomenon, namely a receptivity for, and a ready acceptance of various false causalities. That is, they all come down to errors concerning which things affect one another, and how and to what extent they do so. In this view, it is then little wonder that sportspeople, being generally superstitious, will also be prone to buying into such duperies as the Power Balance bracelets.

'Luthon64

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