Skepticism Makes The World Go Round

Debunking Pseudoscience and Reasserting Reality.

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emilylikesaliens asked: hey there. just started following you, great stuff! I have a very good friend who has tons of books about new-age religion, energies, spirits, and homeopathy, and seems to buy all of it hook, line, and sinker. she is much older than me (I'm in my 20s, she's probably in her 60s) and I would feel rude for calling her out when she talks to me about it, but she likes to offer me natural advice and told me once that I probably have the gift of prophecy. should I let her continue or say something? thx

Hey, I’m glad you like the blog :) 

In answer to your question, this is a tricky one. 

It really depends on a couple things

  • how close you both are to each other 
  • how you think it may affect the relationship

I obviously can’t say anything to why she believes that stuff, but it’s probably something pretty important to her. So it comes down to, can you put up with it? And do you think she can deal with you expressing a disbelief?

If you think it would negatively affect your relationship with her, and you’d rather keep things good between you, and it’s not really all that bothersome, then just let it be. 

Sometimes things like this are just not worth the bother and heartache. 

But, if you think it won’t cause a big issue, then sit her down and have a gentle conversation with her about how you would prefer she not share her beliefs with you.

Be sure to let her know that you respect her and the friendship you have, and that you don’t want to lose it or change it. But also be firm in letting her know that these beliefs are not your beliefs and that you would rather she not share them with you all the time. 

Don’t try to convert her or tell her she’s wrong, unless you know for certain that this will not cause a rift. Because doing that absolutely can cause them. If, later on, she seems amenable to such discussions, then go ahead. Just don’t do it at the first conversation. 

I hope this has helped :)

~M

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helvetebrann:

jenniferrpovey:

alexofeddis:

thescienceoffandom:

Here are some basics on herd immunity, and here is some more technical research if you’re interested in the details! 

If you’ve ever heard my rants about vaccination, you know it’s a major topic with me. Because hey, I’m one of these immunosuppressed people this comic talks about, so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject. (“Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t like getting vaccinated? I don’t like having three month long respiratory infections because you gave me the freaking flu, but I guess you don’t care about that”)

Essentially, Ellen and her wonderful character Katherine have just said it better than I ever could—and using Shaun of the Dead references, too!!! It’s all about herd immunity—getting vaccinated isn’t just about your own health, it’s about the health—and non-zombification—of the entire human race.

Awesome explanation.

Love it.

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This isn’t a test designed to accurately categorize people, but a test designed to make them feel happy after taking it. This is one of the reasons why it’s persisted for so many years in the corporate world, despite being disregarded by psychologists.

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If the test gives people such inaccurate results, why do so many still put stock in it? One reason is that the flattering, vague descriptions for many of the types have huge amounts of overlap — so many people could fit into several of them.

This is called the Forer effect, and is a technique long used by purveyors of astrology, fortune-telling, and other sorts of pseudoscience to persuade people they have accurate information about them.

Why the Myers-Briggs Test Is Totally Meaningless [x]

Like, fine, whatever, play with it, have fun, but don’t put any actual faith in the damn thing, it’s at best, a fucking party game

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How safe are herbal medicines?

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discluded:

mcr-hidden-track:

magconbabe-matt:

This shit better work

y’all count as all my friends we coo

Is Tumblr kidding with this mystic oriental bullshit? Hey you want to know the next time this happens? 

SURPRISE! IN 11 YEARS.
Weeks shift by 1 day every year except for leap years which shift by 2 days after February (and then the following January). And if we’re talking just 3 Fri/Sat/Sun in a month … this also happened last March, 2013.
*goes and sits down in a corner*

discluded:

mcr-hidden-track:

magconbabe-matt:

This shit better work

y’all count as all my friends we coo

Is Tumblr kidding with this mystic oriental bullshit? Hey you want to know the next time this happens?

SURPRISE! IN 11 YEARS.

Weeks shift by 1 day every year except for leap years which shift by 2 days after February (and then the following January). And if we’re talking just 3 Fri/Sat/Sun in a month … this also happened last March, 2013.

*goes and sits down in a corner*

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mooglets:

Every time I hear a ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal person’ or ‘ESPer’ or whatever say ‘I don’t need the $1,000,000 Randi is offering’ - all I hear is ‘fuck all the charities I could give that to’ and ‘I know I’m not going to win it anyway, so I’m going to give some piss-poor excuse’ 

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