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A World Full of "Woo"

Aug 21, 2012 6:00 PM   |   Education   |   Listen on Blog Talk Radio   | Download this episode

The Skeptic's Dictionary defines "Woo" (or "Woo Woo") as: ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers. "Woo" is concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific.  It often takes legitimate scientific theories or concepts and spins them into thick, often spiritual assertions about the world and universe.  Sometimes it's just a nonsense claim with zero evidence and zero credibility.  And it's everywhere. On this show, we'll talk about "woo."  Share you stories, your perspectives, your experiences.  Your calls and emails links: Dr. Harriet A. Hall MD - QuackWatch - Science Based Medicine - Slate article - Abbie Smith ERV - Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator - Center for Inquiry - The Skeptic's Society -

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