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baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


Baron Bifford posted:

All that time I was thinking "Well maybe the calories pass into the poo without being absorbed. Perhaps the energy-bearing chemicals in meats are harder to digest." The documentary never confronted this thought. The documentary eventually concluded that protein is an appetite suppressant and that the Atkins dieters were actually eating less. Still, was I wrong to think what I thought?

Well, you're not wrong to think it, but it's not what's happening. The human body has no problem digesting massive amounts of calories. There may be some point at tens of thousands of calories a day where you digest less of what you, but it's unlikely and has been backed up with studies that did examine the calorie content in poop. You eat 20 sticks of butter and your body is going to store it all! The documentary's conclusion is well-accepted.

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baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


...of SCIENCE! posted:

More people are taking psych meds because the stigma surrounding them is gradually lessening and they're becoming more accessible due to general practitioners and more drugs losing their copyrights rather than an insidious attempt at tainting our precious bodily fluids.

Fun fact: "narcotics" aren't psych meds.

baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


cloudchamber posted:

I watched the first hour of this and it seemed to be mainly romanticised hagiography than documentary. Does a critical voice about Aaron appear at any point during the documentary? The long magazine pieces that came out right after he died seemed to be me to be much more balanced and informative.

No, there's no NPOV to be found. That said, if someone likes to idealize free speech and free information, or is simply anti-government, they'll probably enjoy it.

baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


Cancelbot posted:

Are there any good documentaries on quantum physics that aren't over speculative and good on details? Something that starts from atoms and goes from there.

I find the few I've seen are either too simplistic or "its magic" :v:

What's the reason you want to know about quantum physics? Real understanding requires advanced mathematics, everything outside of that is extremely hard to draw good conclusions from. If you want real understanding, you need to go to academia and take a half dozen advanced physics courses.

You can start here:
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-04-quantum-physics-i-spring-2013/

baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


Derren Brown: The Push is on Netflix, in which a mentalist magician enlists a crowd of actors to help guide a supposedly unaware subject through a variety of increasingly crazy scenarios culminating in what the subject believes to be murder. Pretty interesting take on what could arguably be a case study form of a documentary.

"So now he's dragging a dead body out of the room without questioning it, this is good"

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baquerd
Jul 2, 2007

by FactsAreUseless


precision posted:

Derren Brown is awful do not watch his crap :mad:

Why's that? Never heard of him before.

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