It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Placebo Effect
Science → Scientific Method → Observation
Science → Scientific Method → Control Groups
Health → Reaction → Placebo Effect
Charlie takes an "intelligence pill" and claims it has helped him invent a way for spiders to speak to cats. The researchers quickly diffuse this claim and credit the placebo effect for increasing Charlie's self-confidence, arrogance, and perceived intelligence with no actual effects on his intelligence.
Public Discussion Questions
What flaws are there in the way this experiment was conducted?