Book reviews

Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

Mindful as F*ck by Emily Horn is aimed at people who've slept through yoga and can't stand green juice. It's lighthearted, and provides 100 mindfulness exercises for readers to try. The exercises draw on meditation, yoga, Buddhism, Ayurveda, reiki, chakra healing, and the law of attraction. The book is part mindfulness with a big dollop… Continue reading Book Review: Mindful as F*ck

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Made-Up Vibrations: The Essential Oils Version

I'm a very science-minded person, and one of the things that really grates my rutabagas is when people make things up and call it science. In particular, I'm not impressed with made-up vibrations, and especially the made-up idea of vibrating thoughts, law of attraction style. Somehow, the notion of essential oils vibrating flew under my… Continue reading Made-Up Vibrations: The Essential Oils Version

Good vibes only written in watercolours, with images of crying faces
Mental health

“Should” You Avoid Negative People?

Along the lines of "choose happiness," you may have seen the message "good vibes only," or something along the lines of getting rid of negative people from your life. But where do people who aren't well fit into this? To be clear, I'm not talking about people who are negative about you.  If someone is… Continue reading “Should” You Avoid Negative People?

Happiness is a choice? Have you heard of mental illness?
Mental health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

This was originally posted in 2018 in the early months of this blog.  I've decided to pull a few posts out of the archives where they were gathering dust, give them an overhaul, and bring them back to life.  It's a bit of an experiment, and here's the first one. "Happiness is a choice."  It's… Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

How to Spot Pseudoscience

One of my major pet peeves is pseudoscience. Google defines it as "a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method."  There's a lot of pseudoscience out there in the world that can spread easily and quickly via the internet, and it often astonishes me what people will believe.  There's also… Continue reading How to Spot Pseudoscience

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Do Thoughts Vibrate?

I regularly read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and how thoughts vibrate and all that jazz.  This is often in relation to the so-called law of attraction.  This concept doesn't stay in the metaphorical realm; instead, it's not uncommon to see quantum physics being used to justify these kinds of ideas.  It annoys… Continue reading Do Thoughts Vibrate?

Is the law of attraction real? - graphics of magnets and the logo of The Secret
Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Is the Law of Attraction Real?

At one point I had come home from an extended stay in hospital, and because ECT had wiped out a chunk of memory, I discovered things in my house that I had no idea how they had gotten there.  One of those things I found was a book on the law of attraction. At first… Continue reading Is the Law of Attraction Real?