Author Topic: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die  (Read 2594 times)

Online PickelledEggs (OP)

10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:42:01 PM »


My mom brainwashed herself to think she actually can do number 10...
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Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2014, 08:45:14 PM »
No chance.. First you'd have to eradicate fucking stupid and there definitely is no shortages of fucking stupid.
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Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2014, 09:17:12 PM »
No chance.. First you'd have to eradicate fucking stupid and there definitely is no shortages of fucking stupid.
And what of the pseudosciences that actually have died out despite stupidity not being eradicated?

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2014, 09:37:26 PM »
And what of the pseudosciences that actually have died out despite stupidity not being eradicated?
Haven't you heard the word about the resurrection?
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Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2014, 12:07:48 AM »
Is that you in drag or just you?

(edit) my bad. She looks better in other pictures, but in that video not as attractive. I'm a sexist asshole. But I agree with the video. She is intelligent. If it turns out this is not you and somebody else, forget what I just said.
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Online PickelledEggs (OP)

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2014, 12:41:16 AM »
Is that you in drag or just you?

(edit) my bad. She looks better in other pictures, but in that video not as attractive. I'm a sexist asshole. But I agree with the video. She is intelligent. If it turns out this is not you and somebody else, forget what I just said.
I read somewhere that she is male to female transsexual.
"Tell Pilate to release the files!!!" - Bill Hicks
"I have an open mind, but not so open that my brains will fall out" -James Randi
"One who truly hates himself cannot love, he cannot place his trust in another." - NGE

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2014, 12:42:59 AM »
Thank you. I was worried that was you and I had done something bad.  Good topic, however.

Online PickelledEggs (OP)

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2014, 12:48:46 AM »
Thank you. I was worried that was you and I had done something bad.  Good topic, however.
You thought it was me? I guess my nose looks like hers...
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"I have an open mind, but not so open that my brains will fall out" -James Randi
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Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2014, 12:51:13 AM »
I didn't really think it was you, but then had a paranoid moment I had insulted a person I like, so that was the reason for what I said.

Online PickelledEggs (OP)

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2014, 12:52:41 AM »
I didn't really think it was you, but then had a paranoid moment I had insulted a person I like, so that was the reason for what I said.
Lol. I can't remember one time you have ever insulted me.
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Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 02:02:17 AM »
Change pseudoscience to "just really fucking stupid shit".

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Offline Mr.Obvious

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2014, 02:50:32 AM »
4. Accupuncture. Yeah such BS.
In highschool two of my classmates and I had to make a big assignment by the end of the year. We decided to make it about 'stress on school'. We thought it was kind of funny to give our two cents on the educational system in our senior year, but we were taking it very serious and sticked to real theories and made no claims beyond what we could prove. Our teacher made us fit in mindfullness and accupuncture and I bet others if we'd not stopped her. We said it like it was: from our experience it did not seem to help and we couldn't find any study saying it could more than any other placebo. Waste of time.
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Online PickelledEggs (OP)

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2014, 08:06:59 PM »
My mom keeps telling me, "If it's not hurting anyone, what is the big deal if someone believes it"

No one that doesn't understand the harm of this stuff realizes that preventing someone from getting tested and effective treatment can make things devastatingly worse for the person.

I just found out my uncle has prostate cancer, (they found it incredibly early and it's contained and he's going to get surgery for it, so don't worry about him, he will be fine), if my mom was in charge, she would be implementing some homeopathy and therapeutic touch to try to heal him. If my uncle was a dumbass and went to do that instead of going straight for surgery, I wouldn't have such high expectations that he will be absolutely fine.

This energy work stuff is actually what killed my dog. My dog suffered from kushings disease the last year or so of her life. Instead of getting proper treatment, my mom decided to "charge up a white cotton cloth with positive energy and wrap the dog in it". I fucking swear, I could scream at how angry I am that we didn't go and catch it right away instead of delaying  like she did. I never cried from something or someone dieing before in my life and still don't for some reason, except for when my dog died. I have never felt so depressed. It hit me hard.

I guess that is why I am so against this pseudoscience healing bullshit....
"Tell Pilate to release the files!!!" - Bill Hicks
"I have an open mind, but not so open that my brains will fall out" -James Randi
"One who truly hates himself cannot love, he cannot place his trust in another." - NGE

Offline frosty

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2014, 03:56:19 PM »
People need to understand that these type of practices are deeply-rooted in human culture; that's why they won't go away. Never mind that people hardly seem to question anything, and just "take the reigns" so to speak and go on living their lives; people actually believe that this type of stuff works. Seriously. So call me an old fashioned cynical person, but I cannot see what the point is of making a Youtube video about such things. Things will remain the same. Never mind that all over the world, tradition is still thriving, but even in the western world, as posts here can attest to, "pseudoscience" is also alive and well too.

People are somewhat skeptical of medical science, but they will flock to religious, energy, whatever based healing because it plays into their already pre-existing beliefs. This type of thinking probably will NEVER go away because us humans had a chance to change things and we didn't. Everyday I see religion increasing in almost every way possible, and if by now we have not changed then I can't see things getting better for maybe another 2000 - 5000 years and I have a hard time seeing how we will exist in our current form at that time.

Online PickelledEggs (OP)

Re: 10 Pseudosciences that need to die
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2014, 08:52:28 PM »
Ok. So today my mom followed me on twitter... This sounds really cold, but I don't want some person that constantly tweets about her "faith healing" retweeting and favoriting my shit... even if it's my own mother.


ANYWAY... The last thing she posted was some thing about her new energy work that she is doing. (the main reason I had to block her)

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On Thursday, October 16th, I will be offering Personal Energy Balancing sessions at removed for privacy between removed for privacy.
 
Personal Energy Balancing is a light-touch energy modality that works with a sequence of points and meridians along the body.  This process helps to open and release energy blockages and deepen the connection between your mind, body and spirit. 
 
A majority of what manifests within the body originates with our emotions.  Personal Energy Balancing sets the stage for increased clarity and understanding.  Addressing emotional concerns in conjunction with the energy work enables these emotions to be processed and released rather than held within the body.   
 
Sessions ultimately focus upon bringing the mind, body and spirit to a serene place where wellness may occur.
½ hour $40 or 1 hour $75

So basically, she just bullshitted a whole paragraph with fake terms and claims to tell could-be customers that she is doing guided relaxation.
The worst part? She actually believes the bullshit she is selling... even though when I asked her if she could explain it to me, she admitted that she couldn't.

Seriously. Fuck this shit.
"Tell Pilate to release the files!!!" - Bill Hicks
"I have an open mind, but not so open that my brains will fall out" -James Randi
"One who truly hates himself cannot love, he cannot place his trust in another." - NGE