All dealbreakers can be broken

You can tell that the people in the article live in a huge, diverse city. Rejecting someone for reading and/or owning a certain book? It's pretty damned pretentious. If it's all they talk about, that's a different story. But who hasn't received shiterature for Christmas from a well-meaning relative? Who hasn't been curious as to what the big deal is, anyway, about something on the bestseller list? Or, for that matter, just how craptastic IS The Secret, anyway? (I've read it. It's pretty craptastic.)

If someone tells me, "Whatever you do, do NOT read that book," you can be damn sure I'm going to read that book. Yes, I'll probably regret it, and whine about how I wasted five hours of my life, but I hate to be told what my opinion should be, so I'm always going to check it out for myself.

Scientifically Illiterate

I don't care exactly what kind of science you're up on, but you'd better have a good fundamental grounding in the workings of the scientific method.

I don't want to be rude here - everybody's got their laundry list, and obviously they will all be different.

But I've seen this one multiple times here.

It is possible to have a thorough awareness of the scientific method without actually being a science-nerd. I'm a graphic designer. And yet I'm able to grasp why Intelligent Design is bunk, that sometimes western medicine is a good thing, and how exactly the process between hypothesis and virtually-taken-for-granted "theory" works. I can read the Science page of the New York Times, and sometimes even enjoy a publication like Nature (I was an anthro geek in college).

If you're a science type who needs to be with another science type, far be it from me (I did admit that 'boring' corporate jobs are one of mine). But you don't have to have a PhD in molecular biology to know pseudo-science when you see it.