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Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:18 AM

Please pardon me as a totally clueless old fudd, but...

...what exactly is WOO?

In MY world, "WOO" is what I yell when my beautiful wife gets frisky...and I'll NEVER say anything nasty about THAT !!!

PEACE!

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Reply Please pardon me as a totally clueless old fudd, but... (Original post)
MarianJack Jan 2014 OP
quinnox Jan 2014 #1
MarianJack Jan 2014 #3
treestar Jan 2014 #2
MarianJack Jan 2014 #4
snooper2 Jan 2014 #5
MarianJack Jan 2014 #8
Eleanors38 Jan 2014 #21
whatchamacallit Jan 2014 #22
Old Codger Jan 2014 #6
MarianJack Jan 2014 #11
bemildred Jan 2014 #7
MarianJack Jan 2014 #15
bemildred Jan 2014 #16
Iggo Jan 2014 #9
MarianJack Jan 2014 #13
MarianJack Jan 2014 #14
Greybnk48 Jan 2014 #10
MarianJack Jan 2014 #12
meow2u3 Jan 2014 #17
MarianJack Jan 2014 #19
NCTraveler Jan 2014 #18
MarianJack Jan 2014 #20

Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:19 AM

1. It is just another stupid internet fad word that needs to go away as soon as possible

 

like all the rest eventually do.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:23 AM

3. Thanks, quinnox!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:20 AM

2. When people believe stuff that is offbeat

Like being against vaccines. Someone made a list in a post yesterday. Included feng shui, stuff like that.

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Response to treestar (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:24 AM

4. Thanks, treestar!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:24 AM

5. Woo is a term used among skeptical writers to describe pseudoscientific explanations that have

 

certain common characteristics.



The term comes from woo-woo, an epithet used in the 1990s by science and skeptical writers to ridicule people who believe or promote such things. This is in turn believed to have come from the onomatopoeia "woooooo!" as a reaction to dimmed lights or magic tricks. The term implies a lack of either intelligence or sincerity on the part of the person or concepts so described.

As a coincidence, the Chinese word "Wū" (巫 means a shaman, usually with magic powers.

Despite the terrible name, it has become quite a popular term. Woo is sometimes synonymous with bullshit, though there are differences. Bullshit is generally just a lie pulled out of wherever, about whatever. Woo is understood specifically as pseudoscience, uses a science-like formula, and attempts to place itself as scientifically, or at least reasonably, supported.

Woo generally contains most of the following characteristics:

A simple idea that purports to be the one answer to many problems (often including diseases)
A "scientific-sounding" reason for how it works, but little to no actual science behind it; for example, quote mines of studies that if bent enough could be described in such a way to support it, outright misapplication of studies, or words that sound scientific but make no sense in the context they are used in
It involves the supernatural and paranormal (not necessarily)
A claim of persecution, usually perpetrated by the government or the pharmaceutical, medical, or scientific community
An invocation of a scientific authority
Prefers to use abundant testimonials over actual scientific research
A claim that scientists are blind to the discovery, despite attempts to alert them
A disdain for objective, randomized experimental controls, especially double-blind testing (which are kind of what makes epidemiology actually, y'know, work)
And, usually, an offer to share the knowledge for a price.



http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Woo

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:28 AM

8. Thanks, snooper2!

I think I'll stick to my response to my wife's friskiness!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:46 AM

21. Some liken "woo-woo-woo" to the cheesy sound effects in old sci-fi movies.

 

And appropriated the sound to denote poor scientific practices, fraudulent claims and conspiracy paranoia.

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:47 AM

22. Everything is pseudoscience until it's not

"Woo" is vague pejorative that means whatever the user wants it to.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:26 AM

6. Glad for you

 

That your wife gets frisky, the idiocy involved in the on line here has gone way over the edge... Just put the word and any ways of "spelling" it in my trashcan list...

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Response to Old Codger (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:31 AM

11. Thanks, Old Codger!

It's an advantage of having a younger(by a little more than 8 years) and very foxy wife!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:27 AM

7. "woo" == pseudo-science.

Scientific claims used as marketing tools, mostly.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:36 AM

15. Science to market BS?

Pass.

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:39 AM

16. Very common these days, a favorite.

Whereas 500 years ago one would have appealed to some deity, now one appeals to "objectivty" and "science".

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:28 AM

9. Pseudo-Science.

See: Homeopathy.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:34 AM

13. Thanks!

PEACE!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:35 AM

14. Thanks!

I HATE pseudoscience!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:29 AM

10. MarianJack, please join me in not giving a flying fuck

what it is, what it means, or even acknowledging the posts. From this moment on, for me, they don't exist.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 10:33 AM

12. Ok, but I do want to know what I don't give a rat's patoot about!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:18 AM

17. K & R for total ignorance of WOO

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:38 AM

19. Thanks!

Now that I know, I've gained nothing!

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:21 AM

18. K&R for you and your wife.

 

May the two of you love one and other until you are an even older fudd.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 6, 2014, 11:40 AM

20. THANK YOU!

I want to be with her until I'm 110!

PEACE!

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