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Enemy Territory

Posted in JREF by Skepdude on September 29, 2009


On a recent trip to Sedona, I decided to feign naiveté and enter a few shops in the guise of an open-minded seeker of knowledge. (Wait, I really do try to be that! Guise not needed!) I was prepared to have my worldview changed completely based on what I was told and what happened. I simply would keep my opinion to myself.

I have a friend who has a serious heart condition. It is as yet undiagnosed, and it causes considerable discomfort. Many of the shops in Sedona sell crystals which are supposed to solve health problems such as these, so I presented my case to the shop owners and asked for help. It went like this:

ME: Hello, can you help me? I have a friend who’s suffering from a heart condition, and I’d like to see if crystals could help.

CRYSTAL MERCHANT: Oh yes, they’re excellent for that. Crystals are very powerful, and don’t have the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

ME: What should I buy?

CRYSTAL MERCHANT: Let me consult a book.

She pulled out a large tome called The Crystal Bible. I could see that it was simply a matter of looking up the word “heart” in the index. She took out a notepad and wrote down the names of twelve different crystals.

CRYSTAL MERCHANT: This one is for heart problems… this one is for.. um.. problems of the heart, yes. This one is for issues with the heart chakra. (pause) There are different approaches, but they won’t interfere with each other so it’s safe.


Close Encounters of the Woo Kind – Introduction

Posted in Skepdude, Woo by Skepdude on October 16, 2008


NYC will be hosting a mega woo-woo quack festival, at the Hotel New Yorker this coming weekend, 10/17/08-10/19/08. Just in case I have woo believer readers (I doubt it) you can find more info about this event here. I believe you have a constitutional right to attend should you be interested, nevertheless I reserve my constitutional right to call you an idiot if you do (unless you’re a brave skeptic going undercover to report on this farce, in which case you’d be a fearless hero!).

I ran across the printed brochure on my daily coffee lunch break at my local Dunkin Donuts. I took a few copies and one is being mailed to The Amazing man himself, James Randi, at the JREF headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. I hope he tears them up real nice, as he’s known to have done over and over again.

In the mean time if you’d like to look at the brochure on your own, you can find the PDF files here. What I’ve decided to do here at Skepfeeds is to start a new feature, which I’m going to call “Close Encounters of the Woo Kind” in which I will post daily (or so) one of the outrageous adds from the brochure, just to give my loyal readers an idea as to the kind of stupid that will be up for sale this weekend in NYC, and which has been up for sale forever all over the world. I hope you enjoy and please remember to go to your doctor. Crystals, magnets and energy don’t do nothing but put your wallet in a diet!