Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Your Daily Dose of Woo

One of the commenters led me to this website of Richard Bartlett, a Seattle chiropractor who thinks he can heal people using quantum mechanics.

The website consists of the most absurd woo, such as "Matrix Energetics is a complete system of healing, self-care and transformation. It is a transferable and teachable phenomenon, powered by intent, which has a physical and observable effect every time. Complete beginners as well as seasoned health care practitioners are able to perform and utilize this work to affect change-with no waiting and no running of energy. Anyone can learn this skill and practice Matrix Energetics."

Well, if it has a physical and observable effect "every time", let's see some peer-reviewed studies that prove it. Are there any? The website doesn't provide any. It does have a section called "Research", where you can read about "polycontrast interference photography", which seems to be yet another form of woo.

Bartlett seems to have a cartoon understanding of quantum mechanics, such as when he writes
"There’s something called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. What that says, essentially, is you cannot observe a system without entering into that observation and therefore changing it. Scientifically, this means that if you look at something and attempt to measure its velocity, you lose track of its actual location. If you try and track its location, you lose the ability to measure its velocity. You can never actually measure both at the same time; you can observe one and change the other."

You can bet that with seminar costing as much as $545 a shot, with multiple levels, Bartlett is raking in the cash from gullible sick people.

2 comments:

isohedral said...

Why look all the way to Seattle to find your woo? We have our very own Quantum Power Centre right here in town; oh, sorry, Kuantum Power. They used to have an office in the Seagram Lofts.

By the way, you're reminding me that I had meant to disseminate a link to a long-forgotten video of me explaining Necrocomputing to unsuspecting prospective grad students at UDub (now available on YouTube).

SME said...

Yeesh. I chiropractor who thinks he can heal folks at all is bad enough!