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Skepchick Quickies, 3.14

Happy Pi Day, kids!

Jen

Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. Dr. Oz wants to offer us a tool to deal with grief? Enter John Edward, “tool” extraordinaire!

    Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?
    Scarecrow: I don’t know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?

  2. “Are we ever going to use antimatter to drive a starship?” — as soon as I read that, my brain became overwhelmed with remembrances of decades of Star Trek technobabble. Venting plasma from the warp nacelles now…

  3. @Zyphane: I guess I just subconsciously assume anybody associated with Oprah’s gonna start peddling woo at some point.

    My guess is every one gets caught up in the corporate machinery. Oprah likely has the power to choose her own subject matter, but I doubt anyone else does. When a producer schedules a segment like this I assume Dr. Oz’s choices are to do it or quit.

  4. I’m glad oregon finally removed its faith healing, several children in oregon have died from faith healing over the past few years.

    catholic preists trying to dispell evil, isn’t that a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

    @davew:

    Dr. Oz is pretty credulous on his own, but I definitely agree some of his most extreme endorsement of woo comes from oprah cultists she set up as producers.

  5. SPOILERS

    The whole Doctor Oz thing reminds me of this one scene in “Good Omens” (which I’ve recently had read to me a la audiobook) involving the seance and the ghost who actually did talk to his living “loved one”. Point being, why would ghosts tell us “I love you” or “I’m happy” or “I’m sorry” all the time, rather than “Go to bed on time” or “Shut up” or “Pull down that skirt, young lady!”

    Therapeutic, sure. Talking to ghosts, my ass!

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