Mar 29, 2016

Pseudoscience Rubbish #1

Normally I hate to waste my time with stuff like this.  But this video is so embarassingly trashy (and apparently effective against the people of Facebook) that I had to take a minute to smash this nonsense.

Look, telepathy may or may not be real.  Perhaps there is a species far out in the universe that can detect the subtle brain waves you emit and understand your thoughts.  Humans are not that species.

That besides, the thought that anyone could read your mind at whatever time you happen to watch a YouTube video is just...

Here's the full set of options, which took approximately two minutes to sketch out.  Unsurprisingly, every possibility leads to one of three numbers through simple math.

I find mental tricks often fascinating but one founded on misunderstanding elementary math makes me feel vicariously embarrassed for all of humanity.

I'll leave you with this appropriate George Carlin quote:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”


  1. How does 4 + 8 = 3?

    1. As it gave two digits, I repeated the rule.
      4 + 8 = 12
      1 + 2 = 3

      If you note the pattern it follows, this makes by far the most sense. Although perhaps it could be argued that it was never explicitly stated that it could be repeated twice, the rule was to add the two together if there were two digits; thus repeating when again confronted with a two digit solution.

    2. Not only was it not stated twice, he didn't do it in his example which is of course a number that's impossible to get. He might have been going for the scenario you describe, but the simple fact that he didn't follow said scenario in his example or make it clear to repeat if needed (the only instance) kills the thing dead imo. Still gave him a 95% chance to "Read your mind" lol.


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