It just seems to me like everyone around me is crazy. They latch onto these self-serving woo-woo things to believe in and have no interest in things that actually function and work like Medicine, Science in general, and critical thinking.
Like, someone at my work was recently diagnosed with cancer. It seems like it’s very early and they can knock it out. Anyways, my boss (who is pretty much in part of a cult) said, “You know, cancer is just anger within.” Why do people say these things? They spend so much time professing crap, no time proving crap, and the rest of their time rejecting factual crap. It’s maddening. She thinks that thought really causes events and bodily problems. I mean, if you’re arguing that positivity is good for your health and that negativity and vexation are harsh on your nervous system and may weaken your immune system, I’m there with you, and I’d bite. But this isn’t the kind of thing they’re saying. They’re saying that thoughts have energy (aside from atomic energy) and that they cause events’ genesis’ in the Universe, citing that “The mind is a very powerful thing.” (BTW, when I say ‘they’ I’m referring to my ex gf, my boss, and my mom.)
My ex gf has recently started going to a church and gotten really cozy with (the Christian) God. She was always depressed, couldn’t lose weight and was generally miserable. Now she has started going to this church, has made a couple friends, has something to occupy her time, and has a (even if imaginary) supporter (i.e. God). She has lost weight, had a change in her attitude, and is generally happier. These are indisputably good things. But she credits them with God’s intervention. Why do people do this? These things are not things that are impossible to do on one’s own. She could have changed her attitude by regaining hope in herself and extracting from her religion what she should have been bring about from within herself. I was telling her that her achievement is more impressive to me than to her because I think she has done it all herself, whereas she thinks God pushed her along. Maddening. I told her she was stealing credit and honor from herself by thinking in this way.
I talked to my Mom about my Boss’s cancer comment because my Mom is an otherwise intelligent person. She told me, “I believe there is scientific evidence that our thoughts have energy.” This is not talking about atomic energy, but a type of self-transcending energy which feeds into the universe and brings about good or bad events upon oneself. She sent me this website to back up her claim. http://www.abundance-and-happiness.com/quantum-physics.html . She’d sent me that website before and I’d broken some things down point-by-point and I guess she forgot because I reminded her that she already sent me that site and that I refuted (some of) its claims. But If I show her a scientific study, her level of skepticism skyrockets. If you show her something leaning in the favor of astrology or homeopathy, then her level of skepticism drops.
These are three examples of crazy (in my eyes) behavior by people who don’t apply the same skepticism to their woo woo beliefs as they do to clinically tested scientific studies. I mean, anyone should be able to see the merit behind the Scientific Method and its valiant effort to avoid delusion. These ladies (which I don’t think is a coincidence) in my life think that the mind is a very powerful thing, but they don’t seem to recognize that the mind is very capable of self-deception and delusion. This power they claim it has, seems to be only a power that helps confirm their beliefs, whether tenable or not. It makes me feel like I’m the only sane one here. Thoughts?