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Musings on the effects of media on cognition.

Get Skeptical

In a small but valiant effort to get the Skeptic’s Dictionary higher up in the PageRank system (at Google) I am linking to their entry on Deepak Chopra today. Consider the following statement:

“Quantum healing is healing the bodymind from a quantum level. That means from a level which is not manifest at a sensory level. Our bodies ultimately are fields of information, intelligence and energy.”

I think we all have to look at men and women who make these kinds of (outrageous) claims—who offer no evidence but their own opinions and magical powers—in one of two lights. They are either so arrogant as to believe that their is no virtue in presenting evidence for their claims to fellow humans, in which case they think you are an idiot. Or they know (or suspect) that they are full of it and they are cynical enough to believe that you will listen to whatever they say, in which case they think you are an idiot.

You know what? I know you’re not an idiot.

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