Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pseudoscience still Bullshit, People still Idiots

The Guardian reports on a new study into the worthlessness of homeopathy:
Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies.
These claims have been widely disproven by multiple studies, but the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has for the first time thoroughly reviewed 225 research papers on homeopathy to come up with its position statement, released on Wednesday.
This, of course, is right up there with detailed studies about the religion of the Pope.  But I committed a basic error: I read the comments.  And then I wept for humanity.

Granted, not quite up with the bigotry, rage and Nazi-comparisons you'd get on an article on something like politics, but comment after comment of conspiracy theory, logical fallacy and general anti-scientific thinking.  The sensible comments are islands in the sea of stupidity.  It's the sort of thing that makes me want to deny these people proper medicine, make them suffer from their convictions, at least until I remember not to be evil.  Blasted morality.

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