Homeopathic "Medicine"

Homeopathic medicine “is a form of alternative medicine, first expounded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, that treats patients with heavily diluted preparations which are thought to cause effects similar to the symptoms presented.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy). I saw the mock video below on the skeptics blog, http://skepticblog.org/, and thought it was so amusing I had to post it here. I’ve known people who swear by this stuff, which is unfortunate. Treatments like these, that don’t work, are dangerous and can actually kill people by diverting them from legitimate treatment. A good analysis of this is at http://www.csicop.org/si/9709/park.html.

The video, however, is quite amusing.

About brianblais

I am a professor of Science and Technology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and a research professor in the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, Brown University. My research is in computational neuroscience and statistics. I teach physics, meteorology, astonomy, theoretical neuroscience, systems dynamics, artificial intelligence and robotics. My book, "Theory of Cortical Plasticity" (World Scientific, 2004), details a theory of learning and memory in the cortex, and presents the consequences and predictions of the theory. I am an avid python enthusiast, and a Bayesian (a la E. T. Jaynes), and love music.
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