05 March 2007

Dungeons and dragons

Proving once again that his blog is indispensible, Jack Marx has had a go at woo, "self-help" and eastern religion.

His conclusion is stated early on, and quite well:

For peddlers of pseudoscience are the most successful of all hucksters, thanks to what at first seems to be an uncanny ability to appear above criticism, but is actually just the simple fact that you can't bust a dealer when he's selling bags with nothing in them.

As far as pseudoscience goes, this statement sums it up better than anything else I've ever heard and I plan to use it heaps in the future.

The comments thread has gotten a bit out of control - you could apply all of Bronze Dog's Doggerel statements to quite a lot of them, but anyway, have a read for yourself.

Read it here:

The Daily Truth: Dungeons and dragons


beepbeepitsme said...

It was this part that I enjoyed the most.

"You'll note she has a bindi on her forehead. What a dickhead."

It was surely this part that made my day :)

Dikkii said...

Beep, this post is a virtual cornucopia of priceless quotes.

Another good one that I loved was,

the paranormal bedlam of thisopathy and thatology...

He has a lovely turn of phrase on him, that Jack Marx.

Anonymous said...

Pedlars of woo abound, or so it seems. I think it's getting out of hand.

I have to admit though, I thought the bindi was a nice touch. Lets us all know just exactly where we stand...:)

Dikkii said...

Ted, that bindi comment was awesome.

Yes, woo merchants are getting out of hand. The problem that skeptics have in Australia is that our "voice", if we have one, is the Australian Skeptics, who are seen as being a very serious bunch of killjoys.

I propose an investigation into a more fun sounding bunch.

"Woo Fighters", anyone?