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Noted without comment: Cars and Biology

We understand automobiles. There are no homeopathic automobile repair shops, that try to repair your car by putting infinitesimal dilutions of rust in the gas tank. There are no automotive faith healers, who lay their hands on the hood and pray. People reserve such superstitions for things that they don’t understand very well, such as the human body.

--Leslie Lamport, July 2003


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Jul. 1st, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
False. Search "fuel additives."
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Ha, you beat me to it!
Jul. 1st, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Well, hmm. That's a good point. But I have to wonder--the folks selling these fuel additives know they're bunk, right? I mean, anyone with a degree in chemistry should have the background to know that he's selling bullshit in a bottle, right?

The folks who do things like homeopathic "medicine" seem to sincerely believe their own bullshit. I question whether the folks who sell fuel additives do.
Jul. 1st, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yes. Adore this quote.

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Jul. 2nd, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I don't know...I see a lot of rosaries hanging off of rearview mirrors and "Jesus is my copilot" bumper stickers. ;-)

Jul. 3rd, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
This is the difference between engineering and reverse-engineering. Medicine is like a broken robot trying to reverse-engineer itself without taking itself apart too much and shutting down, car repair is like a perfectly good robot fixing a broken machine it designed and built itself.
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