Skeptopathy is the irrational belief that something is not true, improbable or is non-existent simply because it is unusual, controversial or otherwise disturbing. The term was coined by Michael Fullerton in the summer of 1994 while discussing the topic of “_cold fusion_” on the Usenet group sci.skeptic. Literally, the term skeptopathy, means pathological skepticism.

The alumina-state

This pathological state of mind is known in homeopathy as the alumina-state. Alumina produces symptoms like



It especially takes hold of the intellect and so confuses the intelligence that the patient is unable to effect a decision; the judgment is disturbed.

(James Tyler Kent, Lectures on homepathic materia medica, Alumina)

Poor people.

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