Category Archives: woo

Scientology’s dirty little secrets

From MobileMedia, the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard washes the family laundry in public: Jamie DeWolf seems like an ordinary man, except he has an extraordinary family tree. He’s the great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. But he has a dirty little secret. At 1:47, I learn of the secret [JAC: It's […]

Ross Douthat and David Bentley Hart tell us how to find religious truth

One would think that Ross Douthat would have liked Barbara Ehrenreich’s recent New York Times piece describing a “numinous” experience she had when younger—an experience that could have been due to fatigue and hypoglycemia. From that she suggested that there may be something truly mysterious in the universe: another form of consciousness, perhaps something beyond materialism. But […]

The New Scientist goes Templeton

This issue isn’t yet available through my library’s e-journal site, and it may not be an issue at all but a special collection, one dealing with “The Big Questions” Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the John Templeton Foundation’s main theme:   New Scientist’s “Big Questions”, as touted on one site, includes the following: The Big Questions The […]

Moar homeopathy in Davis

I remained curious about the statement “*scientifically tested” that appeared on the homeopathic remedies sold at the Davis Food Co-op, which rips off its customers with a whole array of overpriced placebos. So, passing the store today, I went in to see what the asterisk indicated. Here’s just a small portion of the quackery on tap: […]

Surprise! New study by Australians shows that homeopathy is bunk

Attention Whole Foods and the Davis Food Co-op! According to the Guardian, a new review  of the efficacy of homeopathy by the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council shows that the whole enterprise is quackery. But we already knew that. Now if only left-wing and “natural” grocery stores knew the same. The 200-page overview […]

I’m in California: Part deux

Some people call Davis, California “The People’s Republic of Davis” because of its atmosphere as a refuge for hippies and New Agers. And indeed, it’s one of those places, like Portland, Oregon and Berkeley, California, that I’ve always thought should be declared “Natural Cultural Preserves,” where in many ways life goes on as it did […]

Chili’s cancels its support-the-anti-vaxers night

As noted below, the restaurant chain Chili’s was going to donate 10% of its dining receipts on Monday (tomorrow) to the National Autism Association, a group that touts vaccination as a cause of autism. That connection has been totally discredited, and I suppose Chili’s heard from a number of people about this. They have, as […]

Don’t go to Chili’s tomorrow

Reader Steve called my attention to an announcement on io9 that the restaurant chain Chili’s will, on April 9, donate 10% of all its checks to the National Autism Association (NAA). The NAA, claims io9, maintains that one of the causes of autism is vaccination. Sure, enough, when I checked the organization’s “Causes of autism” page, […]

Give it a rest, Deepity

Jebus does he have a thin skin! Better “woo” than “quantum”!

My New Republic piece on woo and consciousness

Just a note: I’ve extensively rewritten my post on Jeffrey Kripal’s execrable defense of woo in The Chronicles of Higher Education (thanks to my secular pals who gave extensive feedback), and it’s just been published in The New Republic as “The latest anti-science argument comes down to ESP.” You’ll see that it’s largely a new […]

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