A Doctor Replies to Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has a bit of a reputation for promoting weird things via Goop, her lifestyle website. It has however proven to be so successful that she has quit being an actress to focus on it full time now. So what exactly does she offer via Goop? Here are a couple of examples directly from … Read more

Bullshit Detection – “Woo Words”

Watch out for Woo words

There are specific words that should trigger your bullshit alarm whenever you hear them. I’d recommend that you build up and keep your own list, but to ensure that you get the idea I’ll start you off with an initial list and take you through a few examples.

energy” – This is a word that is normally used to describe measurable well understood physical things such as sound, light, heat and electricity. Usage beyond that is an abuse of the word. Terms such as negative energy, chi energy, aura, psi or just a plain old energy-field do not describe anything real or measurable and have no meaning. Such usage is most commonly found within the context of the paranormal or alternative medicine, and when detected should set your bullshit meter buzzing, so keep an eye out for this one.

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