Damon Young: Waging War on BS Down Under
Bullshido member and philosophy professor, Damon Young, is a champion of reason, especially when it comes to subjects where Martial Arts intersect or clash with society.
He's got a new blog post out on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's website. Young uses the platform to point the case of of Sally Morgan, yet another self-described psychic who refused to take James Randi's test to prove her abilities and win a cool $1M; and to lament why the average person would turn to nonsense for comfort in difficult times.
Originally Posted by Damon Young
You can read his blog entry here.
Total Comments 34
11/03/2011 5:20pm, #2
Wow some of the comments are longer than Damon's article...good thing I'm going to ignore them completely.
Damon's commentary on the other hand is dead on balls accurate.
After seeing how many millions the recent Harold Camping End O' The World fiasco sucked up..all those seniors and not-so-seniors emptying their savings into a church that got them to suspend belief so deeply it seemed rational to them that random numbers pulled out of Camping's ass meant the world was about to end. $80M later it's "oops, he was wrong" and "oh, he's gone crazy now don't bother him anymore".
From just a cursory glance at the comments section it was clear Sally has quite a congregation of her own and they all have internet connections. **** me, why does it have to be that way?
I remember when only smart people like Damon could find out where the internet even was...
11/03/2011 5:43pm, #3
"Balls accurate." Why, thank you, Rabbit.
I should've taken bets to see how long it'd take before quantum physics were cited in defence of the paranormal...
11/03/2011 5:49pm, #4
My head hurts.
WTF does identity fraud have to do with your article? Good article and I stopped reading the comments after that post.
11/03/2011 8:36pm, #5
It's an ad hominem, I think.
You really ought to read the quantum physics comments. Everything - religion, psychic power, etc - can be explained by wave/particle duality and uncertainty.
11/03/2011 10:57pm, #6
I can't. I'm in a graduate program and I need the few braincells I have left to finish.
11/04/2011 12:45am, #7
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11/04/2011 12:57am, #8
I skipped straight to the comments, and was immediately sorry I'd done so.
Short of attempting to deliver a free training here in 500 words, let me just say that I have observed and indeed conducted numerous events that are best described as exploring the supernatural. Working with energy fields, using the pendulum, dowsing, etc. are only foreign to people who haven't developed a genuine interest in exploring such.
11/04/2011 1:44am, #9
Shame, Bob. Shame. We skeptics welcome all opinions, regardless of how offensive or time-wastingly stupid they are.
11/04/2011 4:36am, #10
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