Tag Archives: woo

13 Jan 2009
UFOs integral to understanding humanity’s origin?

“It’s pretty hard for someone to draw conclusions on mankind when Darwin had never seen nor heard of UFOs. That’s kind of like teaching math but not understanding trigonometry.” –John Kocsis, letter to editor, St. Catharines Standard, Ontario, CA “you have achieved a discontinuity of meaning” –Fanny Mae, in Whipping Star (Frank Herbert) h/t: PZ […]

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28 Dec 2008
The Universal Cure

“The year in crackpottery, and what it costs us.” (Coturnix, ScienceBlogs) links to several additional sites about bad science, among them “7 (Stupid) People Who Sued the Scientific Method” (McKinney, Cracked.com). McKinney humorously summarizes each case and then states what victory would imply. At #4, for example, a number of scientists and Nobel Prize winners […]

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01 Dec 2008
Vacuum Flowers

Matter is nothing more than fluctuations in the quantum vacuum. Another flashback to (unrelated) old science fiction, Michael Swanwick’s Vacuum Flowers. Really, this is about the random fluctuations of my memory and web browsing serendipity. So … According to the NewScientist article It’s confirmed: Matter is merely vacuum fluctuations, reseachers using lattice QCD (quantum chromodynamics) […]

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17 Oct 2008
Synthetic Telepathy

“The U.S. Army is developing a technology known as synthetic telepathy that would allow someone to create email or voice mail and send it by thought alone. The concept is based on reading electrical activity in the brain using an electroencephalograph, or EEG.” —Eric Bland (Discovery), Army developing ‘synthetic telepathy’, MSNBC This takes the problem […]

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01 Oct 2008
Irrefutable Logic

“[Amanda Peet] has a lot of balls to come forward and be on that side [vaccinations], because there is an angry mob on my side, and I like the fact that I can say she’s completely wrong.” and “… until she walks in our shoes, she really has no idea.” — Jenny McCarthy in an […]

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01 Jun 2008
Woo Vibrations

According to it’s web site, “The VIBE Machine is an electronic device that brings the vibrational level of your body back to its natural state of being. VIBE stands for Vibrational Integrated Bio-photonic Energizer.” I sometimes let the bogus products advertised, particularly on the interminable “infomercials” that suck the remaining life out of almost-dead broadcast […]

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