Everyone has some skeletons in their closets, and after 138 years in publication, we're no exception. Just type the words "telepathy" or "Abominable Snowman" into our archives and you'll realize that "Popular Science" includes fields that are a little heavy on the popularity, less so on the science.
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To be fair, at least half of our pseudoscience features focused on debunking these practices instead of supporting them. After American spiritualists elevated ouija boards from harmless parlor games to supernatural communication devices, one inventor created a typewriter-ouija board hybrid to that forced the operator to punch blank keys instead of moving a triangle over painted letters. Granted, the ouija board typewriter didn't prove or disprove the involvement of spirits, but it did prevent swindlers from consciously moving the triangle while pretending they were possessed.
Refreshingly enough, the myth-busting didn't always come from scientists. In 1930, we published an article from a scientist supporting hypnosis as a valid form of psychiatric treatment. His insights provoked famed magician Harry Blackstone to write a counter-article explaining how the power of suggestion could be exaggerated to convince people that they were being hypnotized. Later that decade, we explained how retinal sensitivity was responsible for ghost sightings, how precognition was glorified dumb luck, and how phrenology (or the study of skull bumps) was nothing more than a layman's form of pseudoscience-y entertainment.
At the same time, we dedicated serious study to dream interpretation, the Yeti's footprints, and the practice of hypnotizing chickens (by swinging them around, no less). Sure, it sounds like a load of bunk in retrospect, but you can't blame us for exploring these subjects initially; after all, doesn't every scientific breakthrough begin with a little curiosity?
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Abiogenesis fits well into pseudoscience.
"Everyone has some skeletons in our closet"
I demand that you immediately return any and all skeletons of mine you have in your closet!
When will "global warming" and "ozone hole" pseudoscience be added to the list?
"astrologers were wrong about 90 percent of the time"
Well maybe we are saturated with 90 Percent Duds. Possibly?
I think the research involved in the myth-busting is bias and not fully accurate. They focus on the dud's but don't take in consideration the lengthy history of what they call "Pseudo-Science" today.
Pseudo Greek root meaning False. Scientia is Latin for knowledge. We should broaden our definition and cover all elements of what a certain science community call "FALSE KNOWLEDGE".
When in fact Global-warming should be considered part of this category along with other theories. The fact is anyone can prove anything, the case of it being true or not seems to be overlooked in modern times.
I believe there are unusual events beyond our comprehension.
Science cannot explain everything, to think it does you must willingly give up your common-sense to feed that ego of yours.
We still haven't discovered 99% of our own ocean, nonetheless space. Which means we have much to learn. Ancient civilization have mastered other forms of art and science to understand the world that they live in.
Ancient Egyptians for example had a huge community dealing with what science today may call "False Knowledge".
Yet science hasn't figured out how the pyramids were built.
Its important to be open minded but its also important to remember not everything is a supernatural occurrence.
I think everything that exist used to be a bizarre theory a point. Once it was accepted by the masses we simply felt it was as common as using the bathroom.
Rabbits require very little to hypnotize or trance actually... You just sit down with the rabbit in your lap, lay them on their back and pet the bridge of their nose. This is a lot easier on rabbits that don't mind being on their backs. Basically you keep petting and their head will slowly fall backwards and they usually stick their front paws up in the air. If you are very quiet and don't touch them anymore they will remain that way until they snap out of it or until you move. You don't have to shake them around or anything crazy. I have one rabbit that will practically trance himself if you put him on his back. There is debate as to whether or not rabbits are actually calm and relaxed in this state and it may actually be very stressful for the rabbit and might be similar to "playing dead" in nature as a survival tactic.
Communicating with the energy beings uses the concepts of hyperspace physics. Low density hyperspace energy flowing through the palms of the hands generates a circular co-gravitational field. A second gravitational field generated by the energy being then can control the swinging movement of the pendulum in a particular direction. A pendulum chart with the alphabet can then be used to spell out responses to questions asked by the user.
As for Big Foot, he is an interdimensional being that is well-known to the American Indians. This is why the footprints suddenly end on the trail when he disappears into a hyperspace co-dimension.
As for dreams, the distance between hyperspace and space is the frequency of green light. Thus our 4th chakra, which has the color of green light, straddles this dimension and the hyperspace co-dimension. At night when the energy being leaves the body through the pineal gland, the brain receives a shot of melatonin which puts the body/brain to sleep. You don't want your physical body running around without you in it. The energy being, being on the boundary of hyperspace, can then roam around in hyperspace co-dimensions. Thus dreaming is not a dream.
After projecting into a woman's car in another dimension, I could tell she was rather surprised to see me in the passenger seat. I asked her what I looked like and she replied, "Like sugar."
In conclusion, the gap between science and religion is hyperspace physics which explains all the mysterious phenomena that have befuddled us in the past.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss telepathy. For better or worse, my family seems to be broadcasting on the same frequency.
Phrenology is an example of a pseudoscience that eventually transformed into a science, in that brain researchers today do associate different areas of the brain with specific functions. We had to go deeper than the bumps, of course, but no one would deny that the frontal lobe, for example, has a profound effect on human personality.
The relationship between phrenology and modern brain research is sort of like how astrology and astronomy share a common heritage.