Can we live on breath alone?

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Can we live on breath alone?

Post by lpetrich » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:37 am

According to certain people who call themselves breatharians, we can. Or else sunlight or the energy of the Universe: prana or chi or whatever. A recent newspaper article has provoked two skeptics to respond. Though they are on opposite sides of the atheist-skeptic misogyny wars, they nevertheless agree that breatharianism is total bullshit.

Rebecca Watson: Breatharians Claim to Live Without Food - YouTube

When a breatharian took James Randi's challenge to demonstrate a paranormal phenomenon, he sneaked out of his hotel room and came back with a package from a nearby Burger King. When JR confronted him, he claimed that he only wanted to smell the vapors from the meal.

RW then considered selling a story about how she has a dog that poops diamonds. When anyone asks about it, she would offer for $100 a bag of her dog's poop, a bag that might possibly contain a diamond.

Thunderf00t: 'living without eating for NINE YEARS' BUSTED - YouTube

He went into a lot of detail, noting that some would-be breatharians have died of starvation, and how when breatharian Jasmuheen was kept from food, she became rather weak after four days.

He also did experiments on measuring the oxygen and carbon-dioxide content of his breath. Sure enough, he discovered that he consumes O2 and releases CO2, as one might expect from his body combining food molecules with O2. He also measured his weight with a very sensitive scale, and he found that he loses a little bit of weight from released water and CO2.


We've had some previous threads on breatharianism:
Woman Planning on Surviving on Sunlight Alone - Secular Café
Man 'Survives Without Food' For 70 Years - Secular Café

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Post by Tubby » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:26 am

I saw the story about the Ricardos and jotted a note that it gave me a good laugh on June 16.

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Post by Jobar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:00 pm

As Matthew 4:4 reports Jesus to have said, "It is written, Man shall not live by breath alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Oh, wait...

:D

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Post by lpetrich » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:24 pm

Yes indeed. That's what I had in mind. :D

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