Tag: pseudoscience

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I was a minor rock hound — a rock pup, if you will — in my youth. Nothing serious, a small collection, only a few spectacular finds of my own, the rest either dull or store-bought. I liked crystals. But not as “wellness” aids. The folklore surrounding minerals, including their medicinal use, is part of their history. Still, I found myself mildly disappointed by the degree to which even geology shops treated the folklore as true.

Apparently, “wellness” claims for rocks have only gotten worse — er, I mean, more popular — since I was a young rock hound. Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, has gifted the world with Goop, like crystal-enhanced water bottles! Yoni eggs! (Warning: these eggs NSFW.) Rose quartz, with its soft pink hue, is particularly popular for “wellness.” Fair-trade certification, which is supposed to guarantee humane treatment of workers, is also popular in wellness products. But — and it’s a big but — most “wellness” crystals are far from fair trade. That pretty rose quartz is the color of sweat and blood.

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In the wake of the Google employee defenestration, there has been some discussion recently on the Implicit Association Test (IAT). Apparently the IAT is being used as a method of thought control even though its caution that …these Universities, as well as the individual researchers who have contributed to this site, make no claim for […]

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Ilan Levine’s thread on his Flat Earth believing students brought to mind a conversation I had back in December with a friend-of-a-friend (let’s call him J). I mentioned it in a comment on that thread and a few people said they were interested in reading it. I’m slightly hesitant to post this because of the […]

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Hey everybody, good news! The latest pseudo-scientific, liberal vs. conservative, pop-psych test is out, and it’s gonna make things great! Is this a circle? More

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