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Preparing for the Worst

Most people, when they hear the phrase “preparing for the worst”, think about writing an insurance, or putting some money aside for rainy days. Something that most people do not, however, is to build their own bomb shelter. National Geographic Channel has been highlighting this latter group of quite special …

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Skepticism

Hoaxspotting

During my time at this site, short as it may be, I have written a few posts about different silly kinds of woo. Still, not all hoaxes, schemes and other types of trickeries are as easy to spot as blood type woo or people claiming that they can see ghosts. …

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Feminism

Woo Is For Women?

First of all I’d like to issue an informal apology for breaking the Saturday seal, but I really wanted to post about this, because this has been a pet hate of mine for a while, and while it is probably going to be relevant for as long as there are …

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Therapy Woo

Last week I started reading a book suggested by my therapist called Eating In the Light of the Moon. She told me that it “might get past your rational side and speak to you from an emotional place”. Well it certainly didn’t speak to me from any rational place, but …

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Alternative MedicineAnti-Science

The Daily Woo: Reiki

The Daily Woo is a brief summary of an alternative health treatment, as well as how it was experienced by me, Kate Donovan. I grew up with mostly alternative medicine, and now you, lovely skeptics, get to live vicariously! (see note at the bottom of this post for an explanation …

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Mental Illness and Skepticism

Mental illness is pervasive in the US and across the world today. In the US alone, nearly 50% of adults have a mental illness in their lifetime. Skepticism and atheism are ways of understanding our world, and we try to be responsible and compassionate human beings. As such, mental health …

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Don’t Poke Me With That

I have been having backaches for a week, and hearing my whines, a well-meaning friend recommended the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) called Acupuncture. Acupuncture originated from China and can be traced back for at least 2,500 years. In TCM, it is believed that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) …

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Escape From The Woo Zoo: Winter Is Coming

I, like quite a number of people invested in scientific skepticism and its offshoots, once teetered on the edge of a rail, leaning towards one side, one side that appeared to be the most comfortable to fall towards. Its promises were vast and enthralling, its world was infinite in charm …

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