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Jeff P on Lago Atitlan introduced a new word to describe all the hippie dippie ways groups search for meaning on Lago Atitlan and other Woo Woo spots.

Woo Woo Defined:
This is most likely considered an insult or derogatory way of describing some people on the planet; a small deviant from the norm group. There are people in many travel areas on the planet who sign up, take classes, give classes or cluster together and rather harmless activities. From simple Yoga to lying under pyramids, to entering a sex ashram in India. They try to explain things in anecdotal manner, to cure in ways, or something like that, and the more you believe, the better is works. Generally there is s semi-spiritual mix, and almost always jumping the next new belief, trend, or a new religion is better than their old one

Sort of a fuzzy, kick a dog if you want, kick a dog is you do not want, but let me do what I want to save the planet. These participants tend to jump from trend to trend, and normally with great zeal. Then finally land on what they want to teach, and turn their personal interest into a money making business.

Strangely, these pursuits are quite expensive, and there is always a new trend or twist arriving on the scene, a new inventive woo woo concept to woo.

Again, a remake, a reinvention of the free love period of time in the 1960's the woo woo are often cliche or predictable, while believing different, they all tend to appear the same.

Note, this is not a game, these woo woo groups take themselves very serious, and you should never talk againt their woo woo experiences or risk stern insults from their comrades.

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Woo Woo Uniform or Code of Dress, this is a custom.

Woo is a term used among skeptical writers for pseudoscientific explanations that have certain common characteristics.

Wiki Defined: 
The term comes from woo-woo, an epithet used in the 1990s by science and skeptical writers to ridicule people who believe or promote such things. This is in turn believed to have come from the onomatopoeia "woooooo!" as a reaction to dimmed lights or magic tricks. The term implies a lack of either intelligence or sincerity on the part of the person or concepts so described.

Despite the terrible name, it has become quite a popular term. Woo is sometimes synonymous with bullshit, though there are differences. Bullshit is generally just a lie pulled out of wherever, about whatever. Woo is understood specifically as a pseudoscience, uses a science-like formula, and attempts to place itself as scientifically supported.

Woo most always contains most of the following characteristics:

1.A simple idea that purports to be the one answer to many problems (often including diseases)

2.A "scientific-sounding" reason for how it works, but little to no actual science behind it; for example, quote mines of studies that if bent enough could be described in such a way to support it, outright misapplication of studies, or words that sound scientific but make no sense in the context they are used in

3.It involves the supernatural and paranormal (not necessarily)

4.A claim of persecution, usually perpetrated by the government or the pharmaceutical, medical, or scientific community

5.An invocation of a scientific authority

6.Prefers to use abundant testimonials over actual scientific research

7.A claim that scientists are blind to the discovery, despite attempts to alert them

8.A disdain for objective, randomized experimental controls, especially double-blind testing (which are kind of what makes epidemiology actually, y'know, work)

9.And, usually, an offer to share the knowledge for a price.

Woo is usually not the description of an effect but of the explanation as to why the effect occurs. For example, homeopathy does actually work, but as a placebo — the explanations for why it works, e.g. water memory, are woo.

Woo is used to blind or distract an audience from a real explanation or to discourage people from delving deeper into the subject to find a more realistic explanation. You can't make money if nobody buys your bullshit. (As such, "woo" that has zero paying customers is more like just ordinary batshit crazy.)

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Neil V

Whoo! That was a rather lengthy explanation.


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