Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Disappearing Line Between Parody and Reality, Part CCXVI

by Tom Bozzo

PZ Myers offers occasional fascinating if depressing tours of the crackpottery that hits his inbox over at Pharyngula.

Yesterday, Prof. Myers regaled his readers with this, from one Victor Zammit's The Seven Laws of Psychic Energy:
First Law of psychic energy:

All 'solid' objects are vibrating energy.

Unseen waves are also vibrating energy- sound, radio, electricity, light, television waves, microwaves, x-rays, gamma rays and psychic energy waves.


Fifth law of psychic energy:

The more spiritually evolved a being is the brighter the energy of the aura.
Is this made up (I mean, by me or Prof. Myers)? No.

Compare to:

Laurie Bohner: Terry and I worship an unconventional deity. The power of another dimension. Now you are not going to read about this dimension in a book or a magazine because it exists nowhere... but in my own mind. Through our ceremonies and rituals we have witnessed the awesome and vibratory power... of color.


Terry Bohner: This is not an occult science. This is not one of those crazy systems of divination and astrology. That stuff's hooey, and you've got to have a screw loose to go in for that sort of thing. Our beliefs are fairly commonplace and simple to understand. Humankind is simply materialized color operating on the 49th vibration. You would make that conclusion walking down the street or going to the store.

(The incomparable Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins, from "A Mighty Wind.")
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