An organizational collection of irrational nonsense (previously known as the“Venn diagram of irrational nonsense”) v. 5.0. A complete list of irrational bullshit.

An organizational collection of irrational nonsense (previously known as the "Venn diagram of irrational nonsense")
An organizational collection of irrational nonsense (previously known as the “Venn diagram of irrational nonsense”) v. 5.0. Source

I really liked this diagram when I first saw it. It lists almost all the irrational bullshit in one visual – in five main categories and their intersections.

The five main categories of nonsense are:

  1. Religion (of course the diagram can’t list all the religions in the world, but this is not necessary)
  2. Quackery (acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.)
  3. Conspiracy theories (moon landing hoax, 9/11 conspiracies, etc.)
  4. Paranormal (UFOs, ghosts, etc.)
  5. Pseudoscience (astrology, perpetual motion, chiropractic, reflexology, etc.)

Scientology, naturally, is at the intersection of all the five main nonsense categories.

A forum discussion about the diagram can be found on the Skeptic forum (link). It’s a bit old, though.

The periodic table of irrational nonsense

Thanks to Quora, today I learned that there’s also a “periodic table of irrational nonsense”. I liked it too.

It is actually created by the same guy named Crispian Jago, a freelance IT consultant (click to see his website). He also has a blog named “the reason stick” and it’s brilliant!

You can see the periodic table’s interactive version here.

The “Venn diagram” is more complete, though – but it’s normal, considering Jago created it years later than the periodic table.

The periodic table of irrational nonsense
The periodic table of irrational nonsense by Crispian Jago
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