I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love right now and the beginning was mostly lovely but now I’m in the chapter on India and I find myself hunting around for a fat red pen so that I can scrawl in the margins, “Citations please?”
If you want to write some hippie-dippy love poem to our inner goddess-chakra-happy-trees, I will be the first in line to lap it up like fruit loops. But when people try to pull in bullshit science– even social science!– without even the vaguest suggestion of citations, sample sizes, or data… it kind of makes me want to punch them in the face. It’s not that I’m a cynic, I’m just not an idiot. There is actually a difference.
Note to all New Agers: You don’t have to try to prove the existence of God/god/gods/etc. with science. That’s actually kind of the point?