Monday, July 28, 2008

An orgy of woo-woo

"Woo-woo" is a term used frequenly by the famous Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcasters to describe belief in the paranormal or in conspiracy theories of any stripe. See, for example, the following paragraph, a one-shot put up at 911truth.org over the weekend that manages to make 9/11 deniers sound like utter morons on at least a half-dozen different levels:

This article is being posted at 911truth.org as a "service" to our readers, though not 9/11-specific, because many of us activists are connected almost exclusively through a variety of wireless devices. We need to be healthy and clear-thinking to do the grueling work we do, and the scientific and medical literature--especially from outside the US--is becoming more definitive in sounding alarms about dangers of EMF waves from all kinds of wireless devices. European countries are looking at bans on wireless modems in schools, for instance, and this link between cell phones and cancer is really quite undeniable now. Just last night I bought a replacement for my lost cell-phone earbud for about $6 (no, NOT at Walmart!). And really, while slightly less convenient than a wireless connection, the cost to run a cable from you router to your computer is equally negligible. I'll try to refrain from sounding like your mother here when it comes to the deadly effects of vaccinations and aspartame (PLEASE read about these anyway), but I do hope that each of us will look at what we need to do to take better care of ourselves so that we can continue to fight the good fight! We've still got an awful lot of work ahead of us. Janice
– Ed.


Underlined links provided by us to show why each one of these pop pseudoscientific phenomena are complete garbage. The second-to-last link is to Quackwatch.com, which is something of a one-stop shop for anyone interested in finding out about the latest health craze or "alternative-medicine" scams. Highly recommended site!

Lest any of us forget, we are not dealing with serious people. These aren't people who really care about "truth," or have genuine concerns of any kind that they can profess to believe on a fundamental level. They're die-hard, gullible dupes for any latest craze with a vaguely "anti-establishment" feel to it - the less science and the fewer facts, the better. They vacillate between being simply soft in the brain and willing to deliberately lie to push an agenda that they feel they have to believe as a matter of political necessity. And it's all complete garbage.

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