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At this point, Gwyneth Paltrow is almost as famous for putting her foot in her mouth as she is for acting. Recently, she compared dealing with mean-spirited Internet commenters to soldiers fighting a war. No doubt it was a pretty horrible analogy and one she wouldn’t use again, but even so, those comments have now been overshadowed after she shared an utterly idiotic and scientifically off-base opinion about water molecules.
Apparently, Gwyneth Paltrow thinks negative emotions and angry words alter the structure of water. No, seriously. This is an opinion she has, and she thinks it’s backed up by science. In fact, she just talked about it openly this week on Goop…
”I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it.”
Apparently, a second scientist, Dr. Habib Sadeghi, who is friends with Gwyneth Paltrow, recently set out to try and find proof of Dr. Emoto’s work. According to Fox News, he poured water into separate dishes and wrote either a positive or negative phrase on each. He claims the ones with positive expressions like “Peace” and “I Love You” produced perfectly hexagonal crystals while the negative expressions like “I Hate You” and “Fear” produced misshapen clumps.
Other outlets are describing this research using terms like “controversial”, but let’s just use the only one it deserves: “bullshit”. The properties of water are not altered by positivity or negativity. You can shout at water until you’re blue in the face. You can bellow the most foul, offensive and disgusting things that pop into your head at a glass of water for hours, and it will remain exactly the same, unless you’re so worked up spit flies out of your mouth. Then the water will contain spit.
Gwyneth Paltrow clearly likes to fashion herself as an intellectual. She’s made a ton of comments in the past about how much she enjoys stimulating conversation about science and medicine and art. This, however, is just good old fashioned quackery. It’s the equivalent of snake oil, and she should be ashamed of herself for not using common sense.
Here's to hoping everyone behind this research agrees to its testing in an unbiased scientific lab.