Strange but I’m still hearing that low frequency hum, and it is not my hard drive as I suspected. Maybe the hum is a collective rumble caused by brains hitting the ground across the globe as people continue to open their minds too far. It would appear that even Gwyneth Paltrow has fallen victim to this phenomenon. I never found the exact source but this quote is attributed to Stephen A. Kallis, Jr.: “Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.”
This refers to belief in pseudoscientific claims and in general claims of the paranormal. When a claim or belief requires even more claims or beliefs to support it one needs to step back and look at the bigger picture, and the likelihood that a particular claim is probably untrue. Especially when it involves something that most of us, especially the scientifically inclined, probably would have noticed by now. But no, this pseudoscientific baloney drifts around and around, like the ripe scent of cow shit around a farm. All you need is a little ignorant breeze.
In a recent post to Goop Mag, Paltrow marvels at “experiments”, apparently presented in a wonderful hardcover coffee table book (because that’s how we get all of our facts) by Japanese author and entrepreneur, Masaru Emoto. These so-called experiment involved labeling vials of water with various words and phrases such as, “I Hate You,” “fear,” “I Love You,” or “Peace,” and then freezing the water to see what would happen.
Emoto’s photographs of the resulting ice crystals, presented in the unnamed book Paltrow mentions as well as other books he has published, allegedly reveal that water itself can be influenced physically by the mere words written on the vial that contains it. That sounds like complete bullshirt to me.
I was unaware that water could read, let alone feel a certain way because of the words presented, in any given language. Apparently cooked rice does the same thing, after sitting on a shelf for a month. Hey, I’ll go out on a limb here and just speculate that we can expect any amount of muck muck (let’s call it bacteria), in any variation, by sticking some rice in a few jars and letting them sit around, even capped…. No accounting for cleanliness or sanitation prior to performing the test.
Wet rice, so it’s the water making the difference here. Is it so very hard to understand that wet stuff will spoil and get funky? Even water as it freezes is still a safe haven for some bacterial growth. Bacteria is pretty hardy shit. Speaking of that, I read a funny comment in a FB post about this precise subject. The poster commented, “Imagine how crushed her toilet water feels.”
The only thing I think Masaru Emoto has succeeded in doing is selling some books. He’s got the last laugh. If it quacks…