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A World Full of “Woo”

Posted by doctore0 on August 23, 2012

The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #68

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.

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