South African Skeptics

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Conspiracy Theories / Lotto nu!bers in a run of six
« Last post by Rigil Kent on Yesterday at 22:23:44 »
No doubt the recent results will raise some eyebrows. Apparently the winning numbers of 5,6,7,8,9 were predicted by 20 people. What are the chances of a run of six falling out of 49 balls? Let's compare answers.

ETA: I got 0.000 000 584.

Rare.......
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Fun / Re: Puns
« Last post by BoogieMonster on Yesterday at 13:32:51 »
I tried to warn my son about the dangers of Russian Roulette, but it went in one ear and came out the other.
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Fun / Re: I lol'd
« Last post by BoogieMonster on November 27, 2020, 08:21:33 am »
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Fun / Re: Puns
« Last post by Rigil Kent on November 05, 2020, 17:56:36 pm »
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Fun / Re: Puns
« Last post by BoogieMonster on November 03, 2020, 09:14:13 am »
Master of the paraprosdokian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knw1xPM1CS0

I thought randomly recently (weird how the brain works), that you may enjoy the late Mitch Hedberg. He was a really shy guy, usually did his sets with his eyes mostly closed, but really brilliant if you get into it... as this crowd doesn't really until a bit later.
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Fun / Re: I lol'd
« Last post by BoogieMonster on October 30, 2020, 08:08:36 am »
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General Skepticism / Re: The Corona Crisis
« Last post by brianvds on October 14, 2020, 07:49:09 am »
Totally Under Control — how the United States (and South Africa) screwed up the coronavirus response

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-10-14-totally-under-control-how-the-united-states-and-south-africa-screwed-up-the-coronavirus-response/
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Science, Technology and Medicine / How does science really work?
« Last post by brianvds on October 10, 2020, 06:39:02 am »
An interesting article, I thought:

How does science really work?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/10/05/how-does-science-really-work

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General Skepticism / Re: The Elephant in the Room
« Last post by brianvds on October 08, 2020, 11:32:57 am »
I saw a documentary (I don't recall the name, I'll try to find it and edit maybe later here) by a person responsible for "diversity" in the City of London who after a number of years simply gave up on trying to integrate the city. He came to the conclusion that people of similar culture simply want to live together and there's nothing you can do to prevent it and still have them be free people. This was a controversial stance, to say the least, even though said person was black himself.

Thing is, there is nothing wrong with this sort of voluntary segregation. On the contrary, it greatly enhances the charm of a city if there are ethnic neighbourhoods with their own character, as long as it doesn't descend into ethnic hatred. The problem with apartheid wasn't the segregation as such, it was the forced segregation (which is another thing altogether) and the exploitation of cheap labour.

The lefties are trying to force tolerance on us by trying to ram everyone into everyone else's faces; it can only lead to conflict. In a sense, our tolerance is tested every bit as much by groups that wish to keep to themselves. How good are we at tolerating groups like, say, the Amish, or the Jehovah Witnesses, or, in the case of SA, the Orania folks? Seems to me that if a group keeps to itself and bothers no one, and complies more or less with national law and bill of rights, there is no reason to go scratch where it ain't itching.

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I have to wonder how far that kind of thing can go before neighboring factions start warring over resources again. Perhaps that's what we do, sub-(or not)consciously all the time.

Yes, there is always that problem. The Oranians chose their site well: it is semi-desert that almost no one wants. But of course, the big weakness there is the water supply. There are limits to the size of society that can be supported by the Orange River.