Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

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Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby CraigMitchell » November 11th, 2012, 3:24 pm

Derren looks set to ruffle a few feathers next week with part 2 of his "Fear and Faith special" in which he asks the question - "Is God a Placebo?"

He is already posting on Facebook: "Part 2 on Friday. Gonna upset a few people I'm sure."

Should be interesting.

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Re: Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby Tim Ellis » November 11th, 2012, 3:29 pm

He actually said "Next week the biggest placebo of all... God"

No question asked....

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Re: Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby erdnasephile » November 11th, 2012, 4:07 pm

IMHO, mocking the faith of others in an attempt to drum up controversy (and presumably, ratings) isn't a terribly original tactic.

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Re: Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » November 11th, 2012, 6:20 pm

There are experiments in developmental psychology on active agency attribution where an imaginary creature interacts with people to some extent. I'm going next door for a few minutes - but if you take a cookie while I'm out of the room "Elmer" will know and tell me and you can't have one of the special cookies at the end of the experiment.

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http://www.academia.edu/503195/_Princes ... s_cheating

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Re: Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby mrgoat » November 12th, 2012, 4:29 am

erdnasephile wrote:IMHO, mocking the faith of others in an attempt to drum up controversy (and presumably, ratings) isn't a terribly original tactic.


I don't see how stating god is a placebo is mocking the faith of others. Mr Brown always seems quite respectful of people's belief systems to me.

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Re: Derren - Fear & Faith ... is God a Placebo ?

Postby Richard Kaufman » November 12th, 2012, 9:59 am

I will end this discussion now.
We do not discuss politics or religion here.
If Derren wants to cause a ruckus, that's his perogative.
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