Friday, September 23, 2011

Some people will believe anything

Isn't that about the craziest thing you've ever seen?  This news team is careful - too careful - not to editorialize, but you have to wonder if they burst out laughing afterwards. I certainly hope so.

Yes, he can heal "anything" with his eyes. Sure he can - in only five minutes, for eight dollars per person. It's the "Croatian Yanni with superpowers." And he even heals automobile transmissions! Heh, heh. Isn't this something you'd expect to see at The Onion?

It must get harder and harder to write satire when real life gets this bizarre, don't you think? It's kind of like trying to poke fun at the Republican presidential candidates. What can you say that's crazier than the truth?

And in both cases, how gullible would you have to be to believe that stuff? It just blows my mind.


Anonymous said...

You must have missed this story:

"FOX ["News"] Poll: 77 Percent Believe Prayer Can ‘Literally Help Someone Heal From An Injury Or Illness’"

weeping for humanity,

WCG said...

Do you really think that's depressing, Beets? I'm surprised it wasn't higher.

After all, 20% of Americans don't think that prayer can help someone overcome injury or illness (3% are unsure). That's quite remarkable, don't you think?

If there's anything about this that discourages me, it's that even 72% of Democrats believe in prayer. But overall, I find this survey (a Fox "News" poll, note) encouraging, not disheartening.

PS. To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd answer that poll, myself. After all, prayers might function quite well as a placebo. And the question doesn't seem to specify prayers by someone else, with the injured/sick person being completely unaware of it.

Those weren't very good questions, anyway. Note the option about creationism which mentions the Bible twice. What's up with that? It really seems intended to boost that response by reminding Christians of their religious faith, don't you think?