Pseudoscience



“Now that “natural” living has gone mainstream, its days are numbered,” claims Phoebe Maltz Bovy for New Republic: Have we reached peak green juice? The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes suggests as much in…










Earlier this year Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock suffered a form of censorship at the hands of TED, a dispute covered amply here at disinformation. However, we missed a none too dissimilar…






Via the Public Domain Review, Vaught’s Practical Character Reader contains everything you need to know about head shapes and what they reveal about husband suitability, occult tendencies, mystic faith, likelihood of committing…



Wake Up, Disinfo: It’s Time to Oxycise!
Via Oxycise.com:

“Then one day, like Archimedes of old, it happened. In a physiology textbook there it was: fat oxidizes into carbon dioxide. Wait a second, I read that line again: fat oxidizes into carbon dioxide. No way! So you’re telling me that all I have to do is breathe to lose weight. I can’t believe no one has ever told me this before. Fat leaves my body through breathing??”

 



Zach Musgrave writes at sleptlate.org: “Scientific racism” is a slur in the academy, roughly analogous to calling something “psuedoscientific” in the mainstream scientific community. Largely because there are observed differences in the…





Editor’s note: Congrats to regular disinfo.com contributor klintron on the interview! Henry Hanks writes on CNN’s SciTech Blog:
Dharma Initiative

Much of their research does exist in the real world, leading one to another question: Are there organizations from history that may have inspired the idea of the Dharma Initiative?

Ask many who have pondered that question, and one answer you often hear (aside from Skinner, obviously) is DARPA. DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — is often credited with creating the internet and has researched and developed some pretty advanced stuff, especially in the area of robotics. DARPA even sounds like “Dharma,” but as tempting as it is to draw conclusions about the two, the similarities start and end there (for one thing, Dharma is a private organization).

One person who has thought about this quite a bit is blogger Klint “Klintron” Finley, who has written about the concept of “real-life Dharma initiatives” extensively at Hatch23.com. “I think it stems from various trends and movements from the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. “More specifically, anywhere that two or more of the following intersected: Eastern spirituality, fringe science, defense spending, disturbing psychological research, experiments in utopian/communal living and experiments social control.”