Sunday, November 25, 2007

Homeopathy is Worthless -- Mostly

Ben Goldacre, a UK medical doctor who is also employed by the media as a commentator on pseudoscience and the sociology of medicine, has an article in the Lancet discussing the efficacy of Homeopathy (free registration).

Ben says that even though five large meta-analyses of major homeopathy trials have shown that homeopathy produces no statistically significant benefit over a placebo, homeopathy may have a clinically useful role and that banning it would be an over-reaction.

Food for thought.

(The article is also available on his blog here.)

The Pseudo-Science called Intelligent Design

According to Mike Elzinga, it doesn't take a judge to tell the difference between pseudo-science and real science -- anyone can tell the difference by simply comparing the activities of those who work on them.

As an example, he provides a comparison of ID to real science over here.

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