Skepchick Quickies, 8.24


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. I would totally go see the Mediums (I dearly want the plural to be Media) in the volcano, both because the setting sounds awesome and because it would be nice to see some form of woo die off.

  2. Regarding the nuns, I’d say that one of the downsides of joining a club (in this case Catholicism) is that you have to follow their rules. If their rules are too narrowminded for your taste, then you should join another club, rather than doing your own thing behind their back.

    This would allow Catholicism to slowly die the death it’s been refusing to for decades or even centuries …

  3. Most people I’ve talked to don’t know what homeopathy is about. They usually think its deals with “natural” products such as measurable amounts of zinc or herbal remedies.

  4. I read the standard kilogram problem years ago. I also thought that I read something about them changing it to be defined as a certain number of molecules of a certain element. Maybe that idea was just proposed and not actually implemented.

  5. Yes, and the homeopatists don’t seem too eager to dispel that misconception, because they probably realise that the majority of the people who find out will never buy into their crap again, no matter how good their “memory of water” spiel is. And with good reason.

  6. @catgirl: I think the Mole actually uses planck’s constant?

    But I could be way off here. It’s been at least 10 years since I took a highschool chemistry class and this is digging deep from memory.

    Nope, duhh, speaking of homeopathy, that was Avogadro of course …

  7. @exarch:

    I know what a mole is, and it’s not a measure of mass. The idea I remember might be conveniently described in moles rather than atoms, but other than that it’s not related in any way.

  8. @exarch:

    It’s like taking the foundation out of a building. Once this important demographic of the church begins questioning authority, the heads risk losing that authority. (And they know it!)

    This is not unlike the hope we have for Islam… I think.. That people will have to make their own discoveries about the invalidity of religious dogma.

  9. Just waiting for the disclaimers in front of Catholic Churches: “The views expressed by the nuns are not necessarily those of the Church, the Pope, or God. We in no way claim that the views expressed will guarantee passage into heaven.”
    Either that or wait until the clergy have to sign a terms of service.

  10. It’s a slippery slope. It starts with same-sex love, feminist ministry and interfaith outreach. Next thing you know, these nuns will be card-carrying skepchicks.

  11. From the kilogram article (my emphasis): “Lawnmowers, the tides, and even earthquakes on the other side of the world are able to upset the balance.”

    Yes, that’s how I’d order them in terms of amazementness, too.

    And what does the writer even mean by putting lawnmowers on the list? “Yes, it’s an incredibly accurate measuring device. If you let out a fart while on the scale we can measure the thrust. But for some reason, all lawnmowers weigh in at three dollars and change. We’re a bit puzzled by that.”

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