By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 6:54 am Fri, Jan 6, 2012
“woo-filled”…as in pitching woo?
HuffPo could hardly get worse on science, so almost any step would have to be a step in the right direction, but this piece Freeman wrote for Men’s Health — the first piece of his writing I found — doesn’t exactly fill me with hope: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/cancer_fighting_foods/printer.php
HuffPo could hardly get worse on science…
Is that a dare?
I don’t really follow HuffPost…what would be considered “woo” science?
I don’t either, but a search immediately spat out articles like this, which are complete BS.
Woo is superstition presented as science, usually with a healthy dose of conspiracy theory to explain why mainstream science labels it superstition.
Totally. Science diluted by superstition.
Lobster has it the right way around. It’s not science that’s been “diluted”, it’s just crazy made up stuff that may or may not borrow from science to make itself look more plausible (eg. “crystals can heal you because of quantum energy fields” sounds more workable to modern listeners than “magic rocks”).
So in essence, intelligent design.
What is a “Huffington Post” anyway? It sounds more like an architectural element than a news source. Huffpo is more like a megablog than an actual news source, and until now the accuracy of their science reporting has been abysmal. I hope this hiring will help rather than just lending credibility.
I judge people who get their news from HuffPo
Maybe the same people who get their history from the History Channel.
A shame, really, because the Huffington Post could have been so much more, at the beginning I thought it would be an anti-Drudge Report, instead it’s just a mirror image, give or take.
It’ll either clean up their woo, or codify it.
Judging by HuffPo’s other forays, it’ll be a combination of woo, press releases and real tidbits that BoingBoing linked to days before…
First up, the science of why homeopathy works! It’s all the quantums resonating in the crystal energy fields imprinting on the water’s ethical compass. I just vomited that out off the top of my head, but Poe’s Law applies here.
If that’s off the top of your head that must be because the water in your brain remembered how homeopathy works.
Predictably, PZ Myers says it will all end badly:
I e-mailed this to Maggie last night with the subject line God have mercy.
I’ll finally be able to publish my thesis on the connection between vaccines and brain worms. I bet they won’t pay me either!
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