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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