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The manufacturer of a leading brand of painkiller has been accused of misleading customers in Australia. But how do people choose over-the-counter pain relief? There's a whole range of Nurofen products. There are Nurofen capsules, caplets and "meltlets".
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When new drugs are put on the market, clinical trials determine whether they perform better than inactive pills known as "placebos". Research shows that over the last 25 years the difference in effectiveness between real drugs and these fake ones has narrowed - but more in the US than elsewhere.
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He says "However, a conscious entity practicing science can only draw on its subjective experiences to form beliefs." This is only half true. Yes, you have to use your senses, but thereon you can draw on experiences of other people, you can also logically derive laws and suchlike. Moreover, he does not mention that science relies on repeatability of experiments. I can more or less agree with his conclusions (last paragraph) but there...
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Get Religion For Your Brain Today! You'll Be Believing Stuff In No Time!
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The implication for international negotiation is clear: when a value becomes sacred, the rules change—offering money hurts instead of helps. Conflicts may be best resolved when both sides consider compromising something they hold dear.


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New research suggests that buying organic food can make people feel better, even before they eat any of it.


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We're not driven only by emotions, of course—we also reason, deliberate. But reasoning comes later, works slower—and even then, it doesn't take place in an emotional vacuum. Rather, our quick-fire emotions can set us on a course of thinking that's highly biased, especially on topics we care a great deal about. ... Given the power of our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If...


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What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.


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Photographs of a mummified fairy supposedly found in Derbyshire have been revealed as an April Fool's prank.


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