I know we’re not fans of labeling children with any particular religion, but I kinda want to read Crispian Jago‘s story to a little kid…
The full story can be read here 🙂
(via Science, Reason and Critical Thinking)
It wouldn’t be so funny if it weren’t true. Our local sheriff used a divining rod in a recent (moderately famous) murder case. And he’s probably going to get reelected – again. Awesome.
The illustrations crack me up. Mr. Bullshit, indeed!
I love how he drew Mr. Credulous with what looks like an open mind… a little TOO open. 😉
OH NO HIS BRAIN IS GOING TO FALL OUT!
(There’s a church here in Folsom, CA with a sign out front that says something to the effect of “Don’t be too open minded; your brain will fall out!” I’m not 100% sure of the wording, but that’s the general idea. Incidentally, don’t facepalm while driving. It’s dangerous. 😛 )
The other worry is your brain will fill up. As I heard one mother say to another at a high school soccer game “I’m so glad my daughter decided to drop Chemistry. I don’t want her to fill up her bran so she can not learn anything else.”
Mr. Drunk can’t bring himself to read this long, tedious post. Where’s my damn drink?
Drawings of turds seem to be getting more common in today’s media.
Recokn they’d let us read that in schools?
Divining rods -can- actually work.
It isn’t that the rod itself has any special qualities, but the way they are held provides visible feedback if they are used as a device to channel the subconscious knowledge of someone who knows how to find water. This most often occurs in experienced wellmen who have excellent geological intuition and merely need a way to access that intelligence.
I’m a very skeptical individual, so when my dad (and underground utilities installer/repair guy) pulled out a metal rod at a new job and told me he was going to use it to locate the house’s water line… well… I expressed my doubt. So, he handed it to me, showed me “how” to use it, and sent me across the yard feeling like an amused idiot. And then… the damn thing turned. So I walked a little further, turned around, straightened it up and walked back the way I came… and it did it again. Then Dad took it, walked himself, and found it in the same place. He dug there, and voila… the damn water line. I had no argument. Any explanations?
an* underground utilities installer… not ‘and’
I have no explanations for someone’s anecdotal story of successful dowsing. We don’t hear from people with stories of UNsuccessful dowsing, which I suspect are far more numerous. Nobody wants to bother telling or listening to a dowsing-didn’t-work story. If your dad had only dug up a bone buried by the dog, you probably would not have shared that here.
There ain’t no magic.
I hate to be the killjoy, but once again, there is no mention of gods or atheism anywhere in the book. Unless you believe (in the absence of evidence, of course!) critical thinking = atheism, this is a book for everyone.
There is a great children’s book out there called “Great without Religion” being an atheist kid in a world full of gods, that will really help parents explain to their kids that there is no god and what they do in this life matters so dont worry about the next one!