Credulous nonsense

“[…] all these sports stars getting on board. Everybody swears by them. We’ve got people with arthritis wearing them, we’ve got 9, 10 year old kids playing sport with them, we’ve got tradies wearing them, even behind a computer cause you get backache, a lot of people like that are wearing them […]”

The same phenomenon of credulousness that enabled Firepower International to become one of Australia’s largest sporting sponsors and to fleece idiots out of millions of dollars is back, baby! Okay, you’re right, it most certainly never left in the first place. Eken Power Bands are selling “surgical grade silicone” bands with holographic discs (four, much better than two!) to put magical frequencies into you that make you able to stand on one leg like never before. They cost seventy dollars.

What’s more troubling is that the athletics department at Colorado University are selling a very similar product with the university logo on it. That’s right – a university, and not even a shit one.

So … how about that scepticism huh? Wouldn’t it be worth, you know, checking out whether or not they actually work from someone without a vested interest?

Anyway, they do a pretty compelling demo. Here’s how it works – excuse the rather special intro music:

Here, an interesting book on the tenets of Christianity

Well, I suppose I’ve put a bit of my politics out there – I probably should throw some religion in too, to further my lack of manners.

When I was about 16, I read “Resurrection: Myth or Reality?” by John Shelby Spong, a former Anglican bishop. At the time, I still went to church, but was just beginning a proper examination of the whole business.

As someone who had always asked a lot of questions, I found the book to be a pretty novel and challenging way of looking at Christianity. Spong digs deep into the historical and cultural context within which the Easter myth exists. He takes quite a scholarly approach, and the exploration is certainly not for those who’d rather their literal interpretation of Easter (or indeed, Christianity) remain unchallenged.

Thanks to a little inspiration from Pharyngula – “Sunday Sacrilege: Metaphorical Acid“, it’s popped up in my mind again and I might have to give it another read. I’d be interested to see what over a decade and a large shift in perspective might bring to the re-reading. From what I remember, I’d recommend it if you’ve got any interest in the Easter mythology.