Skepchick Quickies, 5.21


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. “It is the mission and purpose of the Psychic Police to:
    * Seek out and eradicate negative thought forms.”

    We have always been at war with Rational Thought.

  2. It crashed your browser? Maybe you should give them a call and get some Unicorn Tech-Support. It didn’t crash my browser, but that’s probably becaust it was built when the sun rose in capricorn/cookies were disabled.

    also, I don’t know if it had anything to do with cookies. All I know is computer turns on, motors go “whirrrrr!” and I start surfing.

  3. I’m sure it’s just because I have an older computer – I refuse to give up my beloved 867 mhz Powerbook (also, I can’t afford a new one). Plus, as a web designer, I have a horror of any media, audio or video. that automatically runs without the visitor telling it to. Extremely bad form.

  4. I think the appropriate response to the UK article would be to stand outside the Scientology headquarters with a sign that says, in big letters, C**T.

  5. I’m confused about the scientology one. I mean, I know people often use the word “cult” as a detraction, but the main definition pretty much applies to any organized religion. So this seems like prosecuting someone for calling a female dog a bitch. I think they’d have a better case if they said it was because he used the word “dangerous.”

  6. 16 % of US science teachers. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your view.
    Admittedly one fellow Norwegian science teacher I interacted with recently found von Dänichen fascinating and useful, but I think he’s an exception.

  7. Thanks for the correction, Bjornar – obviously, I let my own perspective take over there and forgot to be specific :)

  8. I caught 11 minutes of the Crystal Skulls thing the other night, and wanted to shoot myself. It was made in the discovery/history/science channel documentary style, but instead of interviewing experts and scientists, they interviewed whacko crazy guys and witch doctors.

    my favorite part, was they did an “experiment to prove that the crystal skulls contain craploads of energy.” After throwing some e=mcsquareds on the screen, they proceeded to complete the following experiment:

    step 1: get thermal camera.
    step 2: have dude touch crystal skull, record highest temp from thermal camera, shot at arbitrary angle.
    step 3: have dude touch metal skull, record highest temp from thermal camera, shot at different arbitrary angle.

    step 4: conclude the ~1 degree difference means that the crystal skull has crazy metaphysical powers and posses mystic energy whose power is only exceeded by it’s mystery.

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