Saturday, March 23, 2013

Avail Yourselves

RSDSA has a magnificent section devoted to research and does a good job culling the nonsensical out of the queue.  Well, a pretty good job.  I have a hard-wired red phone that blinks in seizure-causing rapid patterns whenever there is a Question of Woo, but Jim Broatch never calls.


From the Skeptic's Dictionary:
Woo-woo (or just plain woo) refers to ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers.
Here's a dictionary definition of woo-woo: 
adj. concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific; mysterious; new agey. Also n., a person who has mystical or new age beliefs. When used by skeptics, woo-woo is a derogatory and dismissive term used to refer to beliefs one considers nonsense or to a person who holds such beliefs.
Sometimes woo-woo is used by skeptics as a synonym for pseudoscience,
true-believer, or quackery. But mostly the term is used for its emotive content
and is an emotive synonym for such terms as nonsense, irrational, nutter, nut,
or crazy.

Here's a peek at the RSDSA holdings, and maybe it will bolster your interest enough to join, if you haven't already.  My membership is probably dead, but I have an excuse.  As soon as I think of it, you'll be among the first to know.  (You should witness my angst during PBS drives...)

These are the broad categories covered, within which are hidden gems of research... So get busy; Start reading.

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Updated March 22, 2013

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