Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Year of Darwin 8/27/2014: Darwin hates homeopathy and other woo

 Charles Darwin

"You speak to me of Homoeopathy, which is a subject which makes me more wrath, even than does Clair-voyance; clairvoyance so transcends belief, that one's ordinary faculties are put out of question, but in Homoeopathy common sense & common observation come into play, & both these must go to the Dogs, if the infinitesimal does have any effect whatsoever." Charles Darwin,letter to cousin W.D. Fox, September 1850

Homeopathy dilutes and agent to the point where the agent is unlikely to be in the sample. Water memory is invoked - that water remembers the property of the agent and applies it to the person. It's bullshit of course and we knew it was bullshit over 150 years ago yet I can go to Wegman's and pick up a bottle.


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