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·         Berenstain Bears myth – There seems to be a discrepancy between the way Berenstain is spelled and the way people remember it being spelled. There even seem to be some examples of books printed with both spellings

·         http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-berensteain-bears-conspiracy-theory-that-has-convinced-the-internet-there-are-parallel-universes

·         Paranormal author Fiona Broome calls this phenomenon the “Mandela Effect”

·         Many people seem to have false memories of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 80’s

·         Refers to memories shared by large segments of the population that don’t line up with reality

·         A couple examples are In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Darth Vader says: "____, I am your father."

·         And In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the wicked queen says: "__________ mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

·         The answers are No and Magic, not Luke and Mirror

·         The Matrix themed meme with Morpheus saying, “What if I told you” didn’t happen in the scene typically depicted but many people falsely remember it in that scene.

·         Believers in the Mandela Effect claim that this is more than just cultural propagation of false memories

·         They believe that history is being edited

·         Not just in the way that someone may change something that is written based on better information but that something is actually changing the past, as though that’s a thing that still exists and can be changed.

·         The reason that things appear to have changed is that memories are notoriously unreliable

·         It’s not just pop culture that was affected, there are some changes to the King James Bible that apparently convinced some Christians of the Mandela Effect

·         https://youtu.be/T3d94JSOXUc

·         I particularly like this quote in the Vice article, “"If you have a memory of the past that is contradicted by nearly all currently available evidence, does that make it less real?"

·         The answer of course is, yes.

·         He continues, "Does your 'allegedly' erroneous memory become more real because there are others who remember it the same way?"

·         To which the answer is of course, no.

·         Quite simply this is a case of people being mistaken and believing that can’t be all there is to it

·         Another quote from Nathan Stolpman, “Just because somebody believes reality to be different than you and all of your friends think it is, it doesn't mean that person is wrong. It could just mean that the past is different for him than it is for you."

·         No, that’s just fucking stupid

·         English professor at U of Buffalo; David Schmid who specializes in pop culture and the public fascination with True Crime said, "For many people, the world is a confusing, overwhelming, and even frightening place that appears to be chaotic and random Conspiracy theories, no matter how bizarre they may appear, give people the feeling that the universe is a structured, ordered, and predictable place that obeys definite rules."

·         There’s some more stuff here about CERN being a satanic cult but I’m not going to go into that. It’s pure nonsense and easily dismissible without any evidence to support the assertion.

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Alkaline diet myths








What is is?

The alkaline diet consists of various foods, defined as alkaline or acidic, that allegedly will bring the pH of the blood to a level of slight alkalinity (7.35-7.45), a level which your body's homeostatic mechanisms will achieve regardless of the alkalinity of your diet. The alkaline diet gurus believe that an alkaline diet will put less stress on the body's natural homeostatic mechanisms and that this is essential to good health.

What are the claims?

There are a lot of health claims regarding the alkaline diet but one of the most harmful in my view is the claim that it can cure cancer. People believe that you can adjust your body’s ph level and make it an inhospitable environment for cancer cells. I suppose that’s true to an extent because if you change your body’s ph by any significant amount then you will die and cancer doesn’t like dead things.


Breaking down the logical fallacies 15

Etymological fallacy – which reasons that the original or historical meaning of a word or phrase is necessarily similar to its actual present-day usage




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