I know you don’t usually see me post here outside of the Quickies but I came across this stunning example of pseudoscience that has inspired me to be a little more wordy than usual.
According to Otis and Jenny Funkmeyer it takes only 3 steps to bend a spoon:Â announce your intentions, command the spoon to bend, and let go of your goal-oriented mindset.
You’ll notice that though spoon bending is called an amazing example of the mind’s ability to influence objects, none of the people in the video are able to bend a spoon without aid from their HANDS.Â You may also note that they use the old “rubber pen” trick as a way to bend a spoon.Â Unfortunately, this method does not have lasting results since as soon as you stop bouncing the spoon, it’s magically straight again.
In looking into the Funkmeyer’s web presence, I find myself much more disturbed than by this video alone.Â They seem to be marketing themselves as a brand that’s based on “the power of positive thinking.”Â If you take a look at the post “10 books that changed my life” you’ll find mention of The Law of Attraction.Â There is also a post of books on health which is a comprehensive collection of woo.Â And their top recommended book for changing the world in 2009?Â It was channeled from an extraterrestrial.
Otis mentions that his goal for this upcoming year is, “…is to be rich. Make a lot of money and invest well and become an aggressive, risk-taking, shrewd businessman. Like a new age Richard Branson or something.”Â Â He seems to be well on his way to doing so.Â Today, in fact, they’re hosting a spoon bending party that you can attend for a mere $30.Â Certainly a bargain compared to the $400 it costs to get a psychic reading from Otis or an energy healing session with Jenny.
I know that this is small scale in comparison to the Sylvia Brownes, the John Edwards, the Deepak Chopras of the world yet we can see the same tricks of the trade being practiced here by the Funkmeyers.Â A promise of hope as long as you’re willing to pay for it.Â A new insight on life if you have the cash.Â The world can be yours and you can do anything if you just hand over your credit card and attend our workshops.
What saddens me even more in this case is that these two people seem to have truly and deeply drunk of the Kool Aid and believe everything that they espouse.Â From energy healing to psychic readings to spoon bending to raw food to the Mayan calendar predictions, they seem to absorb every bit of woo that crosses their path wholecloth.Â And now they’re doing their damndest to market it to the rest of the world.