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This is a normal post Yeah, I think it's a parody, well of a sort.
It only works if neither the patient or the drug is observed?

The journal of improbably research does publish real science papers, and not being a quantum physicist I suspect that the maths / physics is quite correct. However, I suspect the whole point is to demonstrate that this is the only way in which it could work.

I think. Probably.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 5:16, , Reply)
This is a normal post You Only *Think* It's A Parody?

Then perhaps I can interest you in my homoeopathy based weight loss program? Using the homoeopathic principle, The Law of Similars, in conjunction with The Principle of Minimum Dose, I can tailor a program that will enable you to almost effortlessly lose weight. Indeed, the principle of Less Is More will mean that the LESS exercise you do the MORE weight you will lose. Of course, you will still be bound the Laws of Cure which will mean that your weight loss will occur from the top of the body and work downwards. So you may find in the first few months that your hair, then face, get thinner before seeing any action on your stomach or arse. This is actually a very useful law as it enables me to continue to lighten your wallet without providing any concrete results....

Alternatively, I've got a bridge I could sell you.......

(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 5:34, , Reply)
This is a normal post Well...
I'm not sure. It sure as hell looks like one to my eye, it's the kind of thing researchers like to indulge in. But I'll pass on the bridge till I get my atomic physicist mate to take a look-see on my behalf thanks Legless.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 8:42, , Reply)
This is a normal post It's obviously a pisstake
I dun got a PhD and I think it's been written for a giggle.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 9:08, , Reply)
This is a normal post So have I!
But not in physics and i only read the first half page having corrections to do and stuff on a paper of my own... Perhaps i should go and have a more thorough browse.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 10:02, , Reply)
This is a normal post Very little in the way of equations
Nothing to back up what's being said and the point that it on;y works if you don't actually observe it's effects screams they're having a laugh to me.

Oh, and mine's in High Energy Particle Physics.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 11:29, , Reply)
This is a normal post Really, you don't need a PhD in physics to see that it's a parody.
You just have to read it. The laughter should be a hint.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 11:30, , Reply)
This is a normal post Read it?
Are you mad?!!!

OK, yes I should have read it beofre commenting, but the abstract seemed a fair giveaway.

And mine's in vertebrate palaeontology so I'm not exactly very physics literate...
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 12:54, , Reply)
This is a normal post invertebrate paleontology?
That's virtually an arts degree.


Edit: should learn to read and type. vertebrate palaeontology.
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 13:15, , Reply)
This is a normal post Oi!
I'm an arts and humanities type! Less of that!
(, Tue 19 Jan 2010, 13:56, , Reply)
This is a normal post Yes, quite.
I guessed that was coming from a physicist. Used to it. ;-)

Yes, there's lots of extrapolation, but there's also lots of hard data too. And I get to play with dinosaurs as a day job. Really.
(, Wed 20 Jan 2010, 0:01, , Reply)