Diluting the scientific method: Ars looks at homeopathy again


Debunking at its best for a pseudoscience that relies on “water memory”:

But if the practice of homeopathy turns water into a mechanism for helping individuals feel better via a placebo effect, then the only issue with it becomes ensuring that it doesn’t prevent people who really need medical intervention from getting it.

Perhaps the clearest theme running through many areas of pseudoscience, however, is the attempt to make a whole that is far, far greater than the sum of its parts. Enlarging a collection of terminally flawed trivia does not somehow strengthen its scientific significance. This is especially true when many of the components of the argument don’t form a coherent whole. For example, quantum entanglement, structured water, and silica are essentially unrelated explanations, and any support for one of them makes no difference to the others. Yet somehow, presenting them all at once is supposed to make the case for water’s memory harder to dismiss.

Diluting the scientific method: Ars looks at homeopathy again | Ars Technica.

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