Category Archives: Folklore

Religious Discrimination?

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about this. The thought that there could be 500,000 equally credulous souls walking around gives one pause. I am, however, reassured to learn that Tesco has stated that "Jedis are very welcome to … Continue reading

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Preparing A Homeopathic Remedy

Crispian Jago demonstrates how to prepare a homeopathic remedy by, literally, taking the piss out of it. Case proved, I would say.

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Airborne Viruses, Airborne Rabbis

This has to be a joke, doesn’t it? They cannot be serious, surely?

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False Witness

I see that the philosopher Alain de Botton has now weighed in with his  review of Karen Armstrong’s The Case For God. What I find so exasperating about people such as de Botton and Armstrong is the way they make … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Ghost Hunting

I never realised that one of the dangers of going ghost hunting was the risk of contracting anal ghosts. You live and learn.

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Pot, Kettle, Part II

And here’s another wonderful example of cognitive dissonance at work: the news that the Catholic Church in America has banned the use of reiki in Catholic institutions, branding it "unscientific" and "inappropriate".   *facepalm*   Update: Over at Supersense, Bruce … Continue reading

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The Hospital’s Ghost

We’re not even out of January, and already the first "Silly Season" story is upon us: a senior manager at Derby’s new City Hospital is calling in an exorcist to rid the hospital of a ghost. Oh deary me (to … Continue reading

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Exorcise Your Inner Gay

Father Jeremy Davies sounds like a real bundle of fun. What I find astonishing is that he apparently studied at St. Bart’s Hospital in London and graduated with a medical degree in 1967. Perhaps Westminster residents should carry the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Vogon Poetry

I’m sorry, but that’s all that this waffle by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor puts me in mind of. And that’s me being polite. You don’t want to know what I really thought of it.   Oh, and as an addendum, … Continue reading

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The Pope Is Catholic – and Other Non-Surprises

So the Vatican’s newspaper denounces Harry Potter? Not entirely unexpected. But then, the thing is, that some of us know that it’s a work of fiction, while allegedly celibate men who wear funny hats expect us to believe in far … Continue reading

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Delusion Central

What hath the old fraud Ron Hubbard wrought? Well this piece of self-delusion, for a start…

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I’m An Obstacle on the Road to Peace

I see Pope Benedict is at it again. Apparently, I’m an obstacle on the road to peace. As PZ Myers rightly opines: The pope is a perfect paragon of an entirely ideological source who lacks any evidence for any part … Continue reading

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Reality

Jesus and Mo discuss the wilful ignorance of second-year students at Dundee University. Emily Mackie, get a life – no, first get an education, then you might understand what life is about.

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Useless Gadgets

Wired has a great list of 10 Snake-Oil Gadgets. What is deeply depressing, however, is the long list of commenters who swear blind that dowsing actually works.

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Another Kind of Magic

Funny how some folk don’t recognise a mirror when they see it…

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Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I see that Mark Vernon is delighted by Antony Flew’s There Is A God. Probably because Flew aims a few verbal punches at Dawkins et al. Unfortunately, judging by the content of Flew’s arguments as described by Vernon, the punches … Continue reading

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Hop-Tu-Naa

Growing up in the Isle of Man, we had our own version of Halloween, and ours predated the American version. Hop-Tu-Naa involved carving turnips into lanterns; a much more difficult task than all this effete pumpkin rubbish. More background here, … Continue reading

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The Enemies of Reason

I see that the second part of Richard Dawkins’ The Enemies of Reason is now up on Google Video. I despair at the gullibility of my species.

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The Enemies of Reason

Good to see that Richard Dawkins’ latest series Enemies of Reason is available via Google Video already.   The opening minute already had a laugh out loud moment for me as the camera panned across a roomful of people chanting and coming … Continue reading

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Pricking Pomposity

I see that PZ Myers, over at Pharyngula, is also exasperated by Alister McGrath. He’s been reading a recent interview with McGrath that has appeared in the National Catholic Register. While I tend to find that McGrath’s arguments just make me want … Continue reading

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