The terms woo-woo, woo, and wooism are often used to describe the people who have ideas or beliefs that stem from irrational thoughts without evidence. It is also often used to describe anyone who shows an interest or faith in mysterious forces and/or powers.
Since this particular blog (Myths, Legends, & Folklore) features a lot of wooism, whether it be for fun, imaginative purposes or whatever, I thought this would be the perfect place to describe the "art of woo."
Here's a couple definitions that were combined from a slang dictionary and a skeptic's dictionary:
Woo-woo: Adjective - 1) concerned with mysticism, emotions, or anything involving spirituality, other than rational and/or scientific. 2) A person who readily accepts the concepts within the realms of supernatural, pseudoscientific phenomena, paranormal, and/or any other emotion-based beliefs & explanations. Noun - A person who has New Age beliefs or believes in mystical things.
Synonyms: quackery, pseudoscience, true-believer, non-sense, irrational, nut, or crazy.
Okay, now that you understand the silly concepts at hand, you should have a clear picture. Back in the day, they used to just call 'em a nutcase, crazed lunatic or say that their beliefs were hooey, and be done with it. Ahh, I guess "woo-woo" is the new thing, but still, nothing has actually changed...
Science strives to seek non-emotional physical facts that can be proven and doesn't believe in anything outside of the limited, earth-bound, scientific laws. They often lack creativity and imagination, as many of them are stuck in their own mundane thoughts. Although, as slow as it seems, science is great at making progress unlike the ones setting on their backside waiting to be sprinkled with fairy dust.
The "woo-woo" relies more on faith, feelings, and creative imagination. You can find some fun, soul-searching stuff in this realm. Now, when used wrong, there can be major problems here. For one, I hate seeing the "art of woo" used for feign claims via some senseless marketing campaign. Medical wooism can be lethal, depending on what is used. There has been many religious woo-woos that believed in something that has caused global strife, wars, and countless deaths due to disagreements about who had the right belief system, and so on. This is always a problem when you have all these organized religions flying around the globe, especially the ones with the shiny offering plates full of money. Religious wooisms are also often brainwashed and limited in thoughts, due to the dogma they worship.
If only we could merge these 2 groups into a universal coalescence; okay, now that sounds a bit woo-woo. But, then again, humanity's hubbub seems to be endless due to the unknowing infinity and widespread confusion amid the inhabitants, as the human animals are yet to prove that they can get along peacefully as a whole. I suppose it's an endless journey throughout the universe as chaotic as it may be, whether it be science or the art of woo; so in that sense, it is all about the experience...
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