A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

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From Abracadabra to Zombies

Contents

Preface
Introduction
topics: alternative medicine
topics: critical thinking
topics: cryptozoology
topics: frauds, hoaxes, conspiracies
topics: logic and perception
topics: New Age
topics: paranormal
topics: philosophy
topics: pseudoscience
topics: science
topics: supernatural
2012 doomsday theories
9/11 conspiracies
12-step programs

A
Abraham-Hicks
abracadabra
acupuncture
ad hoc hypothesis
ad hominem
ad populum
affect bias
affirming the consequent
Afrocentrism
agnosticism
AIDS/HIV denial
akashic record
alchemy
aleuromancy
alien abduction
alkaline diet
allopathy
alphabiotics
alpha waves
altered state of consciousness
alternative health practice
Amen, Daniel Dr.
Amityville hoax
amulet
Amway
analytical and associative overlay
anchoring effect
Andrews, Lynn
ancient astronauts
anecdotal evidence
angel
angel therapy
animal magnetism
animal quacker
animism
anomalistic psychology
anomalous cognition
anomalous luminous phenomena
anomalous perturbation
anomaly
anoxia
anthropic principle
anthropomancy
anthropometry
anthroposophic medicine
anthroposophy
anti-theism
anti-vaccination movement
Apollo Moon hoax
apophenia
appeal to authority
applied kinesiology
apport
Archaeoraptor
Area 51
argument from design
argument from incredulity
argument to ignorance
aromatherapy
asbestos & W. R. Grace
astral body
astral projection
astrolo-chi
astrology
astrotherapy
atheism
atheist bus campaign
Atlantis
attribution biases
aura
aura therapy
autism
authority, irrelevant appeal to
autokinetic effect
automatic writing
availability error
avatar
Ayurvedic medicine
Aztec UFO hoax
B
Bach flower therapy
backfire effect
Backster effect
backward (satanic) messages
ball lightning
Barnum effect
Barron, Jon
begging the question
Bermuda triangle
bias blind spot
Bible Code
Bigfoot
bio-ching
bioharmonics
biofield (see New Age energy)
biorhythms
birthers
blasphemy
Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna
Blaylock, Russell
Blondlot
blood type diet
Bloxham tapes
"blue sense"
Body Code of Bradley Nelson
Brain Gym®
brain typing
brainwashing
breatharianism
Bridey Murphy
bright
Brown, Rosemary
Browne, Sylvia
bunyip
Buttar, Rashid D.O.
C
cabala
CAM
Cambrian explosion
Camp Chesterfield
cannabis cures cancer hoax
Cardiff giant
"Carlos" hoax
cartomancy
Castaneda, Carlos
cattle mutilation
Cayce, Edgar
Celestine Prophecy
cellular memory
Cereplex (and Procera AVH)
chain letter
chakra
change blindness
channeling
Charcot, Jean-Martin
Chariots of the Gods?
charm
Char Margolis
chelation therapy
chemtrails
chi
ch'i kung (qigong)
The "China Study"
chiromancy
chiropractic
Chopra, Deepak
Christian ultra-fundamentalism [CUF]
chupacabra
clairaudience
clairvoyance
Clark, Hulda
cleansing scam
Clever Hans phenomenon
clever Linda phenomenon
climate change deniers
clustering illusion
Cochrane Collaboration
codependency
cognitive bias
cognitive dissonance
coincidence
cold reading
collective hallucination
collective hysteria
collective obsessional behavior
collective unconscious
colloidal minerals
Comfort, Ray
communal reinforcement
complementary medicine
complex homeopathy
conditioning
confabulation
confirmation bias
coning
conjuring
Consegrity®
conspiracy, paranoid theorists
continued influence effect
contrails
contrarian
control study
Consilience Energy Mirrors
correspondence bias
cosmobiology
cosmology
Cottingley Fairy hoax
A Course in Miracles
cranial osteopathy
craniometry
craniopathy
craniosacral therapy
cranioscopy
creationism and creation science
criminal profiling
crop circle
Crowley, Aleister
cryonics
cryptomnesia
cryptozoology
crystal power
crystal skull
cult
cupping
curse
curse-missing
curse removal, cleansing scam
D
D'Adamo, Peter J.
Däniken, Erich von
Phillip Day
debaptism
debiasing
decline effect
deduction
déjà vu
delusion
denialist
denying the antecedent
deport
dermo-optical perception
design, argument from
determinism
detoxification therapies
devadasi
DHEA
DielectroKinetic Laboratories LifeGuard
Dianetics
diploma mill
displacement
divination
the divine fallacy
Dixon, Jeane
Dogon and Sirius II
dolphin-assisted therapy
Dominionism
doomsday and doomsday cults
double-blind test
dowsing
Dragan Dabic
Dragon's Triangle
dreams
druid
dualism
ducting, ionospheric
E
ear candling
economic forecasting
ectoplasm
educational kinesiology
EHF (extraordinary human function)
electromagnetic field (electromagnetic radiation)
electronic voice phenomenon
electrophotography
electro-sensitives & electrohypersensivity
e-meter
Emotional Freedom Techniques
Emotion Code of Bradley Nelson
empiricism
EMDR
EM-Power Disc
EMF (EMR)
ener-chi art
energy healing
energy (New Age)
enneagram
E-ray
Erhard, Werner
ESP
ESP cards (Zener cards)
esssential oils
est
evidence evaluation
evil eye
EVP
exorcism
experimenter effect
exploitainment
extispicy
extraterrestrial
eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
F
face on Mars
facilitated communication (supported typing)
fairy
faith
faith healing
fakir
fallacies
false analogy
false dilemma
false implication
false memory
falun gong (falun dafa)
Family Constellations
fantasy-prone personality
feng shui
fetish
file-drawer effect
fire walking
Fisher, Barbara Loe
fluoridation
flu vaccine
flying saucer
Ford, Arthur hoax
Forer effect
Fort, Charles
fortune telling
framing
free energy machine
Freemason
freethinker
free will
Freud, Sigmund
Friday the 13th
friggatriskaidekaphobia
Dr. Fritz
frontier medicine
full moon
fundamental attribution error
G
gambler's fallacy
ganzfeld
Geller, Uri
genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
geomancy
Gerson therapy
ghost
global consciousness
global warming
glossolalia
Göbekli Tepe
gods
god helmet
Gonzalez protocol
Gordon, Jay M.D.
graphology
Gurdjieff, G.I.
H
hair analysis
halo effect
Hartmann, Ernst
haunted house
healing touch
Hellinger, Bert
herbal fuel
herbs
Hicks (Abraham, Esther, and Jerry)
hidden persuaders
hindsight bias
HIV/AIDS denial
d'Holbach (Paul Henri Thiry)
holistic medicine
hollow Earth
Holocaust denial
homeopathy
Horowitz, Leonard
hot reading
houris
Houston, Jean and the Mystery School
Hubbard, L. Ron & Scientology
hundredth monkey phenomenon
Hutchison hoax
hypersensory perception (HSP)
hypnagogic
hypnopompic
hypnosis
hystero-epilepsy
I
Ica stones
I Ching
ideomotor effect
ignorance
Illuminati
illusion of control
illusion of justice
illusion of skill
illusion of understanding
Impact Training
inattentional blindness
incantation
incorruptible body
incubus
Indian rope trick
Indigo child
inedia
induction
infrasound
Inset Fuel Stabilizer
integrative medicine
intelligent design
instrumental transcommunication (ITC)
intuition (hypersensory perception)
intuitionist
intuitive
intuitive healer
invocation
ionospheric ducting
IQ and race
irrelevant appeal to authority
irrelevant appeal to tradition
iridology
isopathy
J
jamais vu
Januarius
jinni
jogini
John of God (João Teixeira de Faria)
Jonas, Dr. Eugen
joy touch
Jung, Carl
K
Kabalah
Kabalarian Philosophy
karma
Kelley, William Donald O.D.
Kennedy curse
Kilde, Rauni
kinergetics
kinesiologist
Kirlian photography
Knight, J.Z.
Ze'ev Kolman
koro
L
Landmark Forum
laundry balls
large group awareness training program
law of attraction
law of truly large numbers
Dennis Lee
Lenz, Frederick
levitation
ley lines
lie detector
Lightning ProcessTM
Lily Dale
Lintgen, Arthur B., M.D.
Littlewood's law of miracles
live blood cell analysis
Lobsang Rampa
Loch Ness monster
logical positivism
Long Island Medium
loss aversion
Lourdes
lucid dreaming
lunar effects
lycanthropy
Lysenkoism
M
macrobiotic
magical thinking
magick
magnétisme animal
magnet therapy
mahasamahdi
St. Malachy
malicious animal magnetism
manifesting
manufactroversy
Mapinguari
Marfa lights
Margolis, Char
Mars Effect
Mars, face on
massage therapy
mass hysteria
materialism
maternal impressions
Mayan prophecy
MD disease
medium
memory
men in black
mentalist
Mercola, Joseph
mesmerism
meta-analysis
metaphysics
metempsychosis
metoposcopy
(new) millennium
microacupuncture
mind
mind control
Mineral Doctor
minerals
miracle
missing link
Mitchell, Edgar
MJB Seminars
mokele mbembe
molecular frequency discrimination
moment of silence
Moody, Raymond
(full) moon
Moritz, Andreas
morphic resonance
Moses syndrome
Mothman
motivated reasoning
moxibustion
Mozart Effect
multi-frequency discrimination (MFD)
multi-level marketing (MLM)
multi-level marketing (MLM) harassment
multiple chemical sensitivity
multiple personality disorder
Murphy, Bridey
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
N
nasty effect
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
natural
naturalism
naturopathy
Nazca lines
near-death experience
negativity bias
Bradley Nelson
Nessie
network marketing (mlm)
neuro-linguistic programming
New Age therapies
New Atheism
new millennium
New Thought
New World Order
Nigerian scam
nirvana fallacy
N'kisi & the N'kisi Project
Noah's Ark
the Nobel disease
nocebo
non sequitur
nosode
Nostradamus
N-rays
numerology
O
Occam's razor
occult
occultism
occult statistics
odic force
ontology
opinions
optimistic bias
optional starting and stopping
oracle
orb
organic (food and farming)
orgone energy
Oscar the psychic cat
Oscillococcinum
osteopathy
Ouija board
Ouspensky, Petyr Demianovich
out-of-body experience
P
pagan
palmistry
pantheism
papyromancy
paradigm shift
paranoid conspiracy theorists
paranormal
paranormal investigator
parapsychology
paraskevidekatriaphobia
paratrinket
pareidolia
past life regression
pathological science
PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research)
penile plethysmograph
pentagram
perception deception
perfect prediction scam
perfect solution fallacy
perpetual motion machine
personology
pet psychic (see animal quackers)
Philadelphia experiment
philosopher's stone
philosophical skepticism
Phil Parker Lightning ProcessTM
phrenology
physicalism
physiognomy
Piltdown Hoax
pious fraud
Leonora Piper
placebo effect
placebo jewelry
plant perception
Pleiadians
Poe's Law
poltergeist
polygraph
Ponzi scheme
positive-outcome bias
post hoc fallacy
pragmatic fallacy
prana
prayer
precautionary principle
precognition
predictive remote viewing
preemptive straw man
premonition
presentiment
priest shuffling
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)
Procera AVH (and Cereplex)
profiling, criminal
Project Alpha
prophecy
proportionality bias
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Protsch, Reiner (von Zieten)
pseudohistory
pseudoscience
pseudosymmetry
psi
psi assumption
psi-conducive state
psi-focus assumption
psi-missing
Psi-Tronics Super-Sensor Dowsing Rod
psychic
psychic detective
psychic drift
psychic healing
psychic photography
psychic staring effect
psychic surgery
psychoanalysis
psychokinesis
psychology
psychometry
psychotherapies, New Age
publication bias
Pufedorf hoax
pyramidiocy
pyramid scheme
Q
qi
qigong
Q-Link jewelry
Q-Ray bracelet
quackery
quack Miranda warning
Quadro Tracker
quantum hologram
Quixtar®
R
Rader, William C., MD
radionics
Raël and the Raëlians
Rama
Rampa, T. Lobsang
Ramtha
Randi paranormal challenge
Rath, Matthias M.D.
Raudive, Konstantin
Reams, Carey
recency bias
referral marketing (mlm)
reflexology
regressive fallacy
Reich, Wilhelm
Reichenbach, Baron Dr. Karl Ludwig Freiherr von
reiki
reincarnation
remote viewing
replication
replication revisited
representativeness bias
repressed memory
repressed memory therapy
Resurrection, The
retroactive clairvoyance
retrocognition
retrospective falsification
revelation
reverse speech
Rife machines (see radionics)
Rivas, Catalina
rods
Rolfing®
Rorschach ink blot test
Roswell
rumpology
runes
S
Sacred Santémony
Sai Baba
saint
sanpaku
Santa Claus
Santo, Audrey
sarcode
sarcognomy
Sasquatch
Satan
satanic ritual abuse
Scallion, Gordon-Michael
scapulimancy
Schneider brothers
Schwartz, Gary
science
science-based medicine
scientific skepticism
scientism
Scientology
scopaethesia
scrying
sealed envelope tricks
séance
second sight
seeding trial
selection bias
selective thinking
self-deception
self-help programs
sensitive
sensory leakage
sham acupuncture
shamanism
shark cartilage as a cancer cure
sheep-goat effect
Sheldrake, Rupert
shoehorning
shotgunning
shroud of Turin
shyness effect
Sicher-Targ Distant Healing Report
Simpson, Rick (hemp oil cures cancer hoax)
Silva Mind Control (Silva Method)
single-cause bias/fallacy/illusion
Sitchin, Zecharia
sixth sense
skepticism
Slade, Henry
slate writing
sleep paralysis
slick 50& other oil additives
slippery slope fallacy
Smith, Gordon
Soal-Goldney experiment
Sokal hoax
sorcery
souls
speaking in tongues (glossolalia)
speed reading
spell
spirit photography
spiritualism
spontaneous human combustion
star child
staring effect
statement analysis
Steiner, Rudolf
Sternberg Richard M.
Stevenson, Ian
Steve Terbot hoax
stichomancy
stigmata
straw man
subconscious
subjective validation
subliminal
substance abuse treatment
succubus
Summers, Marshall Vian
sunk-cost fallacy
super
superstition
supplements
supported typing (facilitated communication)
suppressed evidence fallacy
swastika
sympathetic magic
synchronicity
synesthesia
T
tachyons and takionics
talisman
Tanner, Amy
tantra
tarot cards
Tart, Charles
Team of Destiny® (TOD)
telekinesis
telepathy
teleportation
Ten Commandments
Tensegrity
Terbot, Steve hoax
testimonial evidence
Texas sharpshooter fallacy
theism
theist
theological skepticism
theosophy
therapeutic touch
theratest machine
thought field therapy
thoughtography
thieves oil
Toft, Mary hoax
Tooth Fairy science
tradition, irrelevant appeal to
trance writing
Transcendental Meditation ®(TM)
transubstantiation
trepanation
triskaidekaphobia
Trivedi effect®
Trudeau, Kevin
true-believer syndrome
tyromancy
U
UFO [Unidentified Flying Object]
ultrafundamentalism (Christian)
unconscious mind
unicorn
Urantia Book
urine therapy
uromancy
V
validity
vampire
vastu shastra
Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision
vibrational medicine
victim soul
vinyl vision
vitalism
vitamins
voodoo science
von Däniken, Erich
von Zieten, Reiner Protsch
W
Wakefield, Andrew
Waldorf Schools
Wallach, Joel D. "The Mineral Doctor"
warlock
warm reading
Wason Card Problem
water witching (dowsing)
Watsonville, Our Lady of
weasel words
weeping statue
werewolf
Wicca
wishful thinking
witch
wizard
woo-woo
World Association of Christian Fundamentalists
Worth, Patience
X
xenoglossy
Y
Yellow Bamboo
Yeti
yin-yang
Young, Robert O.
young Earth creationists
Z
Zeitoun
zenreiki
Zener (ESP) cards
Zermatism
zombie idea
zombies & p-zombies

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