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Started by SharkPatoo on Mar 21, 2019 10:33:42 AM

Anybody else remember when homeopathy and other woo was laughed off these boards? I miss those days.

Post your woo memories here. My favourite was The Dogfoot Debacle which made Private Eye.

SinnerBoy - 23 Mar 2019 11:28:06 (#1 of 249)

What was The Dogfoot Debacle?

There is a homeopathy thread, in Science.

Tadagee - 23 Mar 2019 11:29:13 (#2 of 249)

Why the fuck is there a homeopathy thread in science?

Tadagee - 23 Mar 2019 11:30:19 (#3 of 249)

Oh, the anti vaxxers thread. Carry on.

GreenFuture - 23 Mar 2019 13:36:18 (#4 of 249)

I’m a bit of a woo aficionado. The secret is to not take too seriously. Those who do deserve most of the flaming they get. There’s plenty of good woo-skeptics on YT. Imo, the best ones are recovered Woo-ties.

FleurDuMal - 23 Mar 2019 14:19:03 (#5 of 249)

What about expensive woo, as sold by dippy slebs like Gwynnie?

browserbutton - 23 Mar 2019 14:41:19 (#6 of 249)

She can shove it up her chuff.

Yersinia - 23 Mar 2019 14:43:53 (#7 of 249)

The more you pay, the better the placebo effect.

RosyLovelady - 23 Mar 2019 14:43:55 (#8 of 249)

She'd better steam it first.

frantastic - 23 Mar 2019 15:09:08 (#9 of 249)

Shouldn't this be called 'Woof, Woof, Woo' since the woo people are barking?

SharkPatoo - 23 Mar 2019 16:44:44 (#10 of 249)

What was The Dogfoot Debacle?

Back in the *cough* early part of the century, the Guardian had a Saturday section which featured The Barefoot Doctor, a (allegedly) gropey hippy charlatan who's answer for every malady, physical or psychological, was to rub your kidneys a certain number of times in (if I remember correctly) an anti-clockwise direction. The Talk decided to have a Q&A session with him one day and, as you can imagine, much fun was had by all, so much so that some prize quotes appeared in Private Eye. He disappeared from the Saturday Guardian sometime soon after.

SinnerBoy - 25 Mar 2019 17:01:07 (#11 of 249)

Oh that! Yes, I remember that he burst into tears and flounced, because of all the horrid people, who pointed out that he was a dangerously ignorant charlatan.

CarlosFandango - 25 Mar 2019 17:19:58 (#12 of 249)

She can shove it up her chuff.

I think that's precisely what she has in mind. Coconut oil as top sex lube. I shit you (coconut-scented offerings) not.

CarlosFandango - 25 Mar 2019 17:23:00 (#13 of 249)

I don't dismiss woo with the same frothing rabid fervour I used to.

There are several particularly effective placebo-delivery methods wrapped in woo, so just as long as they're recognised for what they are, they can be helpful.

TrouserFreak - 25 Mar 2019 17:26:17 (#14 of 249)

It's always a massive suprise when you meet someone who is intelligent and engaged into mainstream society but also has anti-vaxxer, Crystal's and homeopathy habits which take up a fair amount of their time and money. What made these people this way?

Intowntonight - 25 Mar 2019 17:28:11 (#15 of 249)

"reason and emotion live under the same roof, but run two separate households"

Arthur Schnitzler - Viennese Psychoanalyst and playright

CarlosFandango - 25 Mar 2019 17:28:57 (#16 of 249)

"People are as dumb as rocks" - Bernard de Chartres

SharkPatoo - 25 Mar 2019 17:31:49 (#17 of 249)

We seem to be living in the age of unreason in so many areas, it’s all emotion and feelings and no facts or science.

pranzingfrogg - 25 Mar 2019 17:39:41 (#18 of 249)

My last line manager was very focussed on the nuts and bolts of her job, and pretty good at coming up with practical solutions to problems, but she also went to New Age type exhibitions and seances, and believed in guardian angels.

CarlosFandango - 25 Mar 2019 17:48:17 (#19 of 249)

Thing is, we don't point and laugh so much at the Pope, Dalai Lama, Archbish of Cant, the Chief Rabbi, Sikhs, Imams and so on.

They're all full of the same old piffle, as far as I'm concerned. Why single out the crystal healers, bowl-singers and astrologers for more derision than the 'established' crew?

It's all woo.

Tadagee - 25 Mar 2019 17:57:45 (#20 of 249)

At least Church is free.

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