Monday, September 27, 2010

Watertown Daily Times and New Age Garbage

Hey, maybe I am psychic! 

Just the other day I complained to my wife about the WDT's ongoing promotion of the supernatural and other hokum, so imagine my surprise (not really) when I saw the front page of today's paper and there was a photo from some local psychic fair above the fold, top left.  Full story inside.

I am sure that if a Times rep were to respond to this he would say they are only running stories of local interest.  I believe, however, that they are running stories of interest to somebody on the Times' editorial team.  It would be different if the stories contained at least something about the lack of any empirical evidence for any of this stuff.  Since there is no mention, I have to believe there is a vested interest within the management.

It takes no effort to debunk all of it, or at least show that at best the "treatments" out there are no more than placebos.  In the public's interest the WDT should provide some sort of disclaimers when they run these types of stories.  It can be harmful if people are led to believe that these kinds of "care" provide any medical benefit whatsoever, especially if "patients" avoid traditional medical care as a result.

On the plus side, though, it is nice to know that one of the psychics predicted we would have mixed weather this winter.  In NNY!  Imagine that!

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