Posted tagged ‘pseudo-science’

Here We Go … Again

December 13, 2018

indexzThis week, during  podcast titled Winging It, Steph Currie asserted that he didn’t believe we had ever landed a man on the moon.   Of course, three other NBA players, Vince Carter, Kent Bazemore, and Andre Iguodala agreed with him.   As the biggest star of the group, Currie is getting the most attention for what the press is calling his mental air ball.   Given Kyrie Irving’s even more outlandish declaration the the earth is flat, I am wondering whether the NBA has ever produced an educated player.  Easy folks.  I’m just joking.  I was tempted toindex cite Bill Bradley as an educated NBA player, but given that he is white, and our country’s penchant for political correctness, I’d probably be called a racist.  So, instead, I’ll cite a post on Reddit, All-Time Nerd Squad: The Most Educated NBA Players  which offers a mixed race selection of NBA scholars.  Mr. Currie and Mr. Irving are not among them. (more…)

Just Breathe

June 16, 2017

breathMy sister is a trained Yoga instructor.  If you have ever done Yoga … or practically any meditation technique … you know that proper breathing is part of the way to a relaxed, mindful state.   Through the nose, breathe into your belly, then gently expel through the mouth.  Notice how it feels on the inhale and how it feels different when you exhale.  Breath in light.  Breath out negativity.  You get the picture.  When my Dad was in assisted living, his primary caretaker was my sister, since she lived less than an hour away, while I live in California and our brother lives in Ohio.  Whenever my Dad was agitated about something, my sister would say, Just Breathe, Dad.  Just Breathe.  My Dad, disinclined toward Yoga or any other New Age nonsense, would answer, I am breathing.  Sometimes, I am breathing, dammit. Interestingly, though he never followed my sister’s suggestion, his annoyance would distract him enough from whatever was bothering him and he would indeed end up less agitated. (more…)

Conspiracy

June 5, 2015

image I was talking to somebody a couple of weeks ago about a friend who is struggling with cancer, whose body is so damaged by cancer treatments that it is having trouble healing from a recent surgery.  The someone I was talking to, to my surprise, insisted that the cure for cancer already exists but the parmaceutical companies are just hiding them so they can sell other drugs that just treat the symptoms.   I was astonished and said so.  He told me he could give me the references where I could find the evidence that had convinced him, along with articles about pools of thermite found in the World Trade Center ruins, indicating that our government was somehow complicit in 9-11.  He wasn’t happy when I called him a conspiracy theorist and he insisted that he just does more and  better research than most people.  He was absolutely sure that if I looked at his sources, I’d believe his theories and was insulted when I called them crackpot sources without looking at them.   Even though I hadn’t seen his exact sources, I’d seen plenty of similar rubbish in the quagmire of information and misinformation that the internet and social media has created.  My someone is not alone.
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Snake Oil

July 7, 2012

I was standing in line at our local Sports Chalet to buy new pedals and handlebar wrap for my aging Panasonic bicycle when I noticed a cardboard display stand featuring Matt Kemp, the star player of the LA Dodgers.   On the stand were an assortment of plastic bracelets and pendants, the brand name of which suggested would improve my athletic performance.  Even my best efforts these days can hardly be called athletic but I was still curious, especially when the woman in front of me read the information on the box and dropped one of them into her cart.   When I reached the display, the first thing I noticed is that the plastic bracelets sold for $29.99.  Now, I wear a a yellow plastic Livestrong bracelet I purchased when several friends were dealing with cancer.  Price?  Ten for $10, with plenty of profit to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation.   The display stand in front of me offered not a clue regarding the cost or exactly what the bracelet was supposed to do.  It did, however, show Matt Kemp wearing one.  Perhaps, I, too could play for the Dodgers.  I did some research when I got home and found that the bracelets contain a two-sided hologram programmed in a way that mimics Eastern philosophies.   Hmmm. (more…)