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I never understood the hate for homeopathy from highly educated people.

I won't touch it with a ten-foot pole myself, but homeopathy does get people the placebo effect and that's "A Good Thing" (tm).

That our analytical skills have correctly identified that homeopathy can't really do anything and we thus have to resort to beliefs in the mind-body relationship and e.g. meditation to achieve similar benefits is actually too bad for us.... just popping some pills would've been a lot easier.




Homeopaths market and sell their products for serious life threatening diseases. Homeopaths don't tell people it's the placebo effect, they tell very sick people that they can cure them, and charge them for the pleasure.

Homeopaths (and other pseduo science peddlers) make money out of people who are at their most desparate state by selling them lies.


Homeopathy is woo-woo at its worst. But it seems plausible that the majority of practitioners believe as much in its efficacy as do patients. When you say they are selling lies, you ascribe malice where self-deceit may be the more likely explanation. Of course, no manner of good intentions will help those desperately ill people who would have been better served by conventional medicine.


Oh yes, I believe ignorance and self-delusion is more common then malice. However that doesn't excuse them totally. When it's literally a matter of life and death for someone else, you have a moral duty to ensure you're giving the right advice.

Homeopaths are careless and other people die.


But they are not careless from their own point of view. I daresay they are more intensely passionate in seeking out the latest knowledge in their own field than your average family physician. Breaking out of an inculcated intellectual and epistemological framework is an almost impossible feat.

I would make an analogy to veganism. Vegans as a whole are more intensely interested and passionate about their health and what they eat than your average healthy omnivore. For that reason, they're also more likely to proselytize and promote their ways to others. It's my belief that in doing so they potentially bring harm to themselves and to others. Do I think they should be engaged in vigorous debate and their arguments refuted to the best of scientific knowledge? Yes, absolutely. But I don't think treating them as idiots or malefactors is well-deserved or productive.


> homeopathy does get people the placebo effect and that's "A Good Thing" (tm).

No. Much like teaching religious stories as if they were the truth doesn't do us any favors. "So what there is no evidence it works? It worked for me." and then you have to undo the damage to what could have been a rational person.




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