It’s placebo plus a small infection risk in exchange for your money. What is feeling like you’re doing something worth to you?
@ben depends what it’s for.
Stick a needle in your hand to help a headache. – probably (almost definitely) placebo.
Stick a needle into the middle of a knotted muscle to help the knot relax – very real.
I can’t believe China wanting to ignore thousands of years of keeping to itself to wanting to seek world domination.
@ben Thousands of years of keeping to itself ? Try telling that to the Tibetans, Vietnamese, Indians or any of the nations that have a stake in the South China Sea.
@stew That equation doesn’t really deal with the likelihood of life actually arising though does it? The chapter “Fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life, fl” touches on it saying that for one reason and other it appears to be a fairly likely outcome given the right conditions, but then this:
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Computers that can synthesize factual information in this way will be extremely useful in medicine. However, until they can genuinely *understand* what a patient says, they will be a tool used by a human, rather than a substitute. In order to understand what a patient says, you have to grasp all kinds of subtle meaning under the surface of the…