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From the Ted Talk by Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

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Now, we love to wrap ourselves in lies. We love to do it. Everyone take their vnaitmis this morning? Echinacea, a little antioxidant to get you going. I know you did because half of aianmrecs do every day. They take the stuff, and they take alternative micniedes, and it doesn't matter how often we find out that they're useless. The data says it all the time. They darken your unrie. They almost never do more than that. (Laughter) It's okay, you want to pay 28 billion dollars for dark urine? I'm tlaloty with you. (Laughter) Dark urine. Dark. Why do we do that? Why do we do that? Well, I think I uesanrtdnd, we hate Big Pharma. We hate Big Government. We don't trust the Man. And we shouldn't: Our health care system skcus. It's cruel to millions of people. It's absolutely angihsotnsliy cold and soul-bending to those of us who can even afford it. So we run away from it, and where do we run? We leap into the arms of Big Placebo. (lahtgeur) That's fantastic. I love Big Placebo. (Applause)

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Now, we love to wrap ourselves in lies. We love to do it. Everyone take their ________ this morning? Echinacea, a little antioxidant to get you going. I know you did because half of _________ do every day. They take the stuff, and they take alternative _________, and it doesn't matter how often we find out that they're useless. The data says it all the time. They darken your _____. They almost never do more than that. (Laughter) It's okay, you want to pay 28 billion dollars for dark urine? I'm _______ with you. (Laughter) Dark urine. Dark. Why do we do that? Why do we do that? Well, I think I __________, we hate Big Pharma. We hate Big Government. We don't trust the Man. And we shouldn't: Our health care system _____. It's cruel to millions of people. It's absolutely _____________ cold and soul-bending to those of us who can even afford it. So we run away from it, and where do we run? We leap into the arms of Big Placebo. (________) That's fantastic. I love Big Placebo. (Applause)

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Now, we love to wrap ourselves in lies. We love to do it. Everyone take their vitamins this morning? Echinacea, a little antioxidant to get you going. I know you did because half of Americans do every day. They take the stuff, and they take alternative medicines, and it doesn't matter how often we find out that they're useless. The data says it all the time. They darken your urine. They almost never do more than that. (Laughter) It's okay, you want to pay 28 billion dollars for dark urine? I'm totally with you. (Laughter) Dark urine. Dark. Why do we do that? Why do we do that? Well, I think I understand, we hate Big Pharma. We hate Big Government. We don't trust the Man. And we shouldn't: Our health care system sucks. It's cruel to millions of people. It's absolutely astonishingly cold and soul-bending to those of us who can even afford it. So we run away from it, and where do we run? We leap into the arms of Big Placebo. (Laughter) That's fantastic. I love Big Placebo. (Applause)

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