Oh here’s a good one. A bunch of ‘rational thinkers’ cheering the fact homeopathy has been condemned by the British House of Commons. They’re happy because they’re certain homeopathy doesn’t work, and that, therefore, right and justice has been served.
How do they ‘know’ it doesn’t work? Simple, they’ve selected all the data that supports their personal bias and rejected everything that doesn’t, thus turning a blurry, inconclusive situation into one of certitude, comfort and simplicity.
Does homeopathy work? The answer is probably ‘yes, sometimes’. Some people have great results, others none at all, just as with aspirin, or chemo. The difference being, there is some science behind the latter two that justifies us accepting they work (when they do). It may be of course there’s also a science behind homeopathy but we just don’t get it yet (and of course never will if the British Govt has its way and halts further research). Or maybe when it works it’s ‘just’ placebo doing it’s thing. Or maybe it’s all garbage. But, even if garbage is all it is, at least taking a few drops of water on your tongue isn’t going to kill you. The same can’t be said of aspirin or chemo unfortunately. So, you know, couldn’t we have a little humility and grace and allow homeopathy its small and harmless place in this complex universe we are so far from understanding?
Well, no, not according to these ‘rational’ Torquemadas. Anything, however benign, that threatens their particular certitudes just has to be burned. Presumably they’d tell anyone stupid enough to think they were healed by it that they need to be more rational and just accept they’re still sick. And so, homeopathy, which at its worst at least never did any harm, has to be banned because the mere possibility it might work collides with the version of reality these Inquisitors want to impose on us all.
Try opening your minds people. Believe nothing, consider everything possible until proved otherwise, and don’t even be too sure about it then.
Roll on the Enlightenment.