WHAT?! — What’s the Harm?!

Quantifying the damage.

What’sTheHarm is designed to make a point about the dangers of not thinking critically. Namely that you can easily be injured or killed by neglecting this important skill.  – At last glance, the casualties, injuries, and cost of not thinking critically came to:

368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages

The website is operated by Tim Farley, who also does a segment on the Skepticality Podcast on History relevant to skeptics.

It’s a number that can only get bigger, and is far from exhaustive – I would suggest that it barely scratches the surface. Check out the topics available:

Medical

Acupuncture
Alphabiotics
Alternative dentistry
Alternative medicine
Applied kinesiology
Autism denial
Ayurvedic medicine
Chelation therapy
Chiropractic
Colloidal silver
Colon cleansing
Cranio-sacral therapy
Cupping
Detoxification
Ear candling
Energy medicine
Escharotics
Folk remedies
Herbal remedies
HIV/AIDS denial
Holistic medicine
Home childbirth
Homeopathy
Iridology
Naturopathy
Osteopathy
Ozone therapy
Psychic surgery
Vaccine denial
Vitamin megadoses

Supernatural & Paranormal

Astral projection
Curses
Exorcisms
Faith healing
Ghosts
Magick
Psychics
Vampires
Voodoo
Witchcraft

Religion

Breatharianism
Christian Science
Cults
Jehovah’s Witnesses
Religious fundamentalism
Scientology
Transcendental Meditation

Fears

Apocalypse fear
Metal toxicity fear
Satanic ritual abuse
Terrorism fear

Pseudo-Science

Astrology
Attachment therapy
Dowsing
Dream interpretation
Evolution denial
Expert witnesses
Facilitated communication
Feng shui
Hypnosis
Numerology
Reparative therapy
Repressed memory therapy

Misinformation

GPS navigation systems
Internet misinformation

Miscellaneous

Child vegetarianism
Conspiracy theories
Holocaust denial
IRS denial
Moon landing denial
Multi-level marketing
Nigerian emails
Rituals
UFOs

Stabbing out neighbours’ eyes fails to solve money problems

Looks like it’s official: Stabbing your neighbours eyes out with scissors won’t fix your money problems.

Whodathunkit?

A family in the central Indian Village of Khaira, in the Chhattisgarh State had been having money and health problems. The culprit was obvious. A 45-year-old woman, S.S. Baghel – who they claimed was practicing witchcraft.

Stab your worries away

Brutalities, mainly against women are usually related to witchcraft and are not new for the illiterate and tribal areas Chhattisgarh. Women accused of witchcraft are often killed or paraded naked.

Eleven people stormed the home of the women, where they proceeded to beat her up, held her hands up, and blind her by stabbing their eyes out with scissors. When he husband tried to intervene, the group turned on him and stabbed his eyes out as well.

10 suspects have arrested, police said.

The doctor at the local hospital confirmed that would probably never be able to see again; lest they use witchcraft to restore their eyesight.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/strangebuttrue/gang-blinds-husband-and-wife-with-scissors-20110523-1ezd2.html#ixzz1SmCSR9L1