Category Archives: woo

Krista Tippett annoys me again

The one disadvantage of shopping very early on Saturday morning is that, if I’m unlucky enough to be driving after 7 a.m., I’ll have to listen to Krista Tippett’s “On Being” show on National Public Radio. The show was formerly called “On Faith,” but, probably realizing that the religious overtones might cost her listeners, Tippett changed the name. […]

FDA reportedly will take on homeopathy

We all know that homeopathy is a complete scam. Its conceptual basis alone renders it at once laughable and scary, while studies of its efficacy always show nothing above placebo effects. And yet the stuff is sold where apparently intelligent people shop, including Whole Foods and the Davis, California Food Coop, a place I used […]

Chopra and Tanzi’s new book described in NY Post; I get in a lick

Intellectual stimulation will be thin today in favor of entertainment, as I got nothin’. A quick note, though, I was interviewed by Elizabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post on the topic about Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi’s new book Super Genes: Unlock the Astonishing Power of your DNA for Optimum Health and Well-Being (no, I’m not […]

The lowlands are on a roll: Belgium may expel Scientology

Five days ago I reported that the Netherlands revoked Scientology’s status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization because of the high prices it charges to scam its “faithful” with its endless courses. Now, according to PuffHo, Belgium is after Scientology as well, putting 11 members of the Church on trial for a variety of misdeeds, including […]

Krauss on entanglement

Doesn’t the New Yorker need someone to write about evolution as well as cosmology? Once again, I’m both impressed by and jealous of Lawrence Krauss’s performance at that venue, and this week he writes about the new physics experiment that pretty much verified the idea of quantum entanglement and nonlocality. The piece, “Tangled up in entanglement.” […]

Ghost hunting in Norway: Have other superstitions replaced religion in Scandinavia?

“Reader Mark” sent me a link to an article from Saturday’s New York Times, “Norway has a new passion: ghost hunting,” with a somewhat challenging line in his email: You might want to think twice before ever again holding up those ‘Scandinavian countries’ as role models of rationality. Now I don’t know whether to construe that as […]

Shopping adventures

I have more errands yet to run this morning, but am posting a few things from my shopping trip to amuse myself. I’ve always gotten up early, but it seems that the older I get, the earlier I rise. Fortunately, my local grocery (actually on Chicago’s North Side, a 25-minute drive) opens at 6 a.m., and […]

The bottom of the barrel, even for parapsychology

For some reason that I won’t investigate, reader Dom found this abstract in the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, reporting PTSD in dead people. But one line, which I’ve bolded below, is just freaking hilarious. (Be sure, though, to read the whole abstract, an instantiation of how horribly deluded people can become.) 2013, Volume 13(1), pp. […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Xenu

Today the Jesus and Mo artist has reprinted a cartoon from 2008 (I didn’t know it had been going that long), with a link to Tom Cruises’s Scientology babble that is amazingly stupid. First the cartoon: It’s odd that Mo shows such self-awareness, or maybe he’s just completely, ironically oblivious. At any rate, below is the […]

Templeton jumps the shark—again

I keep hearing from Templeton that I’ve severely misjudged them—that they’re really about science and not woo. (I don’t think they like the way I described them in Faith versus Fact.) And I keep waiting patiently for them to keep their promise deep-six the woo. I’m sure that, like the promised “research” of the Discovery Institute, […]


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