江西男子指天發誓後遭雷擊

A good example for discussion in critical thinking classes.

明報網站 2008年10月14日

江西男子指天發誓後遭雷擊

江西一男子指天發毒誓,轉身就遭電擊。因搶救及時,男子目前已脫離生命危險。

十三日上午,吉安縣黃某找到家住井岡山大市場的男子涂某稱,三年前一名朋友結婚時,涂某曾讓他代送了三百元禮金,此後涂某將此事遺忘一直未還錢。涂某聽後稱沒有此事。於是,黃某便對涂某說,如果涂某敢對天發誓,他就不要這錢了。

涂某聽後,走到門前指天發誓說,若欠了黃某的錢,他就遭天打雷劈或觸電死,黃某見狀就走了。

但五分鐘後,當涂某洗完米用電飯煲煮飯時,因未擦乾手上的水,手剛一碰到電飯煲插頭上已老化的電線,就被電擊倒在地,不能動彈。

所幸涂某的兒子此時放學回家,發現後趕緊報警。民警趕到後,立即將涂某送往醫院。

(中通社)

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雪災騷亂地震皆與8有關8月8日京奧有關?

就好像 Uri Geller 說 9/11 恐怖襲擊是跟 11 有關一樣的無聊 (9+1+1=11)

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2008年05月19日 15:23 明報 (經修改)

全城都為四川地震死難者默哀 3分鐘, Emily真係好唔想再見到天災傷害中國人。不過每逢大災難,都會流傳一堆古怪說法, Emily最近在網上討論區,見有人轉貼一串巧合的數字,矛頭直指 08奧運,又講到似層層咁喎。篇文章提到 3個日期,分別是 1月 25日發生的雪災、 3月 14日發生的西藏騷亂,同埋 5月 12日的四川地震,呢幾埋數字自己加起上來答案都係 8。呢篇文章話咁樣就係代表 08年 8月 8日奧運會開幕,地震當日又係奧運會開幕前 88天。篇文章仲話,「四川」兩個字總數係 8畫,又係北京的8點鐘方向,而 5月12日又係初八,文章話﹕「這都是巧合嗎?」 Emily想,這說法雖然有點穿鑿附會,但又真係幾有新意。

Texting Improves Parent-Teen Relationships?

A good exercise for discussion regarding media reports of statistics:
– how significant is the effect being reported?
– what is the sample size?
– what might be the margin of error?

http://news.digitaltrends.com/news/story/16392/texting_improves_parent-teen_relationships
By Nick Mokey
Staff Writer, Digital Trends News

A survey commissioned by Samsung suggests that over half of American teens and their parents would say that text messaging has improved their relationship.

It’s rare that technology actually gets credit for improving parent-teen relations rather than purported serving as another generational divide, but Samsung claims text messaging has actually moved the two groups closer together. According to a survey commissioned by the Japanese mobile giant, teens report better relationships with their parents since picking up texting.

The results show that 53 percent of teens who text would credit texting with improved parental relations, while on the other side of the relationship, 51 percent of parents who text would make the same statement about their kids, and say that they communicate more often with them than before. If it seems that the results are skewed because only a small percentage of parents actually text with their kids, think again: the survey also found that 68 percent of parents text with their kids.

Besides the surprising results suggesting improved parent-teen relations, the survey also turned up surprising data about the sheer volume of communication kids are carrying out via texting. On average, it found that teens send 455 text messages per month and receive 467, an average of 15 sent and 16 received daily. For their part, parents send 84 and receive 96.

The survey, carried out by Kelton Research, included 300 American kids between 13 and 19, and 500 American parents with kids between 13 and 19.

思考方法練習題

甲:有些人以為,批判思考便是毫不留情地去批評和戰勝別人,於討論中咄咄逼人,死不罷休。這是對批判思考的應用有錯誤的理解。批判思考方法的內容是如何正確地思考,其中的原則並非只能用來批評別人。

乙:錯。有些人「毫不留情地去批評和戰勝別人,於討論中咄咄逼人,死不罷休」,不代表那些人「對批判思考的應用有錯誤的理解」

乙的批評對嗎?

曾蔭權: 極端民主 = 文化大革命

「扭曲概念」的好例子。
明報 2007年10月12日

行政長官曾蔭權表示,如民主去到極端,將會變成文化大革命,人民掌握一切權力,就不能管治。

曾蔭權今早在電台節目中被及到如何在民主發展及社會穩定取得平衡時,他表示,如民主去到極端,就會像當年的民化大革命,影響穩定,不能管治,主持人追問民主不是文化大革命,曾蔭權稱,當人民掌握一切權力時,就不能管治。

行政長官辦公室發言人稱,曾蔭權的意思是想發展一個適合香港的普選模式。

立法會議員張文光批評曾蔭權將民主與文化大革命相題並論,是不倫不類,民主就是想防止獨裁的出現。