Skepchick Quickies, 10.18


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  1. I’m kind of intrigued by the Tarot cards. I used to be into them a great deal, though I tended to approach reading them from a more psychological viewpoint, using them as jumping off points to let my subjects reach their own conclusions.

    It was pretty fun to see what people would come up with when looking at the cards. I’d give a very generic reading, with basic descriptions of what a card usually symbolized, and then would ask if there was any part of that card that “spoke” to the subject. People then would fill in their own details, draw their own connections, etc. Most of the time it was just a fun little diversion at parties, though some people did take it pretty seriously.

    I’ve not done anything with the cards for years upon years though, that was all back from middle-school through college. I still enjoy the entertainment aspects of them though. These look like they could be fun and not a validation of mysticism. They’d be more clearly for entertainment and not for anything else.

    I might get a set just for kicks.

  2. “Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.” — Steven Wright

  3. The magnets-controlling-muscles thing kinda double-pings for me. On the one hand, it makes sense… which always makes me suspicious. On the other hand, it seems like a remarkably simple thing to fall under either his own expectations (his assistant is behind him moving a magnet; he’s expecting to tremble or something), or under simple quackery.

  4. @Mark Hall: I was wondering how this was different from making people twitch using electrodes. It seems to me to be w-a-a-a-a-y more conclusion than evidence.

  5. Since when was baking-powder-lasts-forever a kitchen myth? Every cooks worth its salt knows that it does not age well.

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