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All Pervasive Fallasphere

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Whilst writing A Wish Upon A Bone I had a problem, I was searching for word to encapsulate a pervasive human condition. The great majority of the global population seem incapable of living rational, reasonable lives; almost everywhere people feel the need to add to reality an element, to say the least, of what skeptics would call 'woo'.
Woo-woo (or just plain woo) refers to ideas considered irrational or based on extremely flimsy evidence or that appeal to mysterious occult forces or powers.
Here's a dictionary definition of woo-woo:

adj. concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific; mysterious; new agey. Also n., a person who has mystical or new age beliefs.
While Woo has been, and is, a more than fine description of the collective elements of the pseudo-truths, it is difficult to incorporate Woo or Woo-woo into a sentence in a document or blog. Apart from the possibility of the word raising, at least, a subconscious titter (or is that just me?), it is also first and foremost, in the UK at least, a term of courtship. Call me an old romantic if you must but I think it would be a shame to usurp a term of friendship (there's so little of it about!). Another problem is in Woo's lack of extensibility. Is someone who professes woo a wooist or wooer? If you have been indoctrinated by woo, one cannot say you have been wooed, or further, are you the wooee? You see the problem.
Anyway, after some pondering, and finding that pseudosphere was already in use, I came to the conclusion that, as far as I, a natural sceptic, am concerned fallacy is the default position in all situations. All concepts or notions remain fallacious until proven.
Oxford Dictionaries defines a Fallacy as a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments
I settled on Fallasphere as a collective noun for all things fallacious.
Fallasphere encapsulates that which is believed by some but for which there is very little, if any, evidence. It includes every concept or condition that could be termed as Woo, the spiritual, magical, mythical, paranormal or supernatural etc. Or, alternatively, for which there is no conclusive evidence via standard scientific method. Every notion from the Dreamtime to Voodoo, from Ghosts to Allah, could all be described as fallaspherical concepts. People who profess values which fall within the Fallasphere, would be professing fallaspherical views and perhaps those people, including all members of all mono or poly theistic religions, could be described as fallaspherics. You get the picture.

Use it if you wanna!

The Fallasphere is deliciously displayed by almost every entry in 
Crispian Jago's beautiful crafted Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense.
Crispian Jago's Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense.

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