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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:53 AM
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Science vs Homeopathic Pseudoscience (Re: Promoting Unethical Radiation "Treatment")
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 09:59 AM by HuckleB
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=11919

"Science is a philosophy, a technology, and an institution. It is a human endeavor- our collective attempt to understand the world around us, not something that exists solely in the abstract. All of these aspects of science have be progressing over the past decades and centuries, as we refine our concepts of what science is and how it works, as we develop better techniques, and organize and police scientific activities more effectively. The practice of science is not relentlessly progressive, however, and there are many regressive forces causing pockets of backsliding, and even aggressive campaigns against scientific progress.

So-called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is one such regressive force. It seeks to undermine the concepts, execution, and institutions of medical science in order to promote sectarian practices and ideological beliefs. Examples of this are legion, exposed within the pages of this blog alone. I would like to add another example to the pile the recent defense of homeopathy by Dana Ullman in the Huffington Post (names which are already infamous among supporters of SBM).

In a piece titled: Homeopathy for Radiation Poisoning, Ullman demonstrates yet again the pseudoscientific aspects of homeopathy and its proponents. The primary principle that is abused by Ullman this time is the need for scientists to carefully define their terms and concepts. Scientific concepts should be defined as carefully, precisely, and consistently as possible. Squishy concepts are very difficult to deal with in science but are the bread and butter of pseudoscience.

The fuzzy concept is particularly useful to the pseudoscientist (someone pretending to do real science, but whose activity is devoid of genuine scientific exploration or rigor). Pseudoscientists generally start with a desired answer and then work backwards to their logic and evidence. Whereas genuine science endeavors to follow logic and evidence wherever it leads. Having a poorly defined term or concept allows pseudoscientists to better shoehorn in evidence and logic to create the appearance of support for their beliefs where none exists.

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Note: I have posted the first four paragraphs. The piece really should be read in whole, if you're so inclined. Anyway, it's disturbing to see this pushed. Such a treatment was quickly pushed a few days after the Japan quake, and now more people are pushing a similar, though possibly even more dangerous, scam. Ugh.

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