Dumb Things That Smart People Believe
I have always been fascinated by this, and believe me some of the smartest people believe the dumbest things.This is not something that has suddenly started to appear because it has been around for ever. Dr Edzard Ernst started his career in health as a Homoeopath and believed it worked until he became a medical doctor and a doctor of science,a PhD. Dr Ernst had been fooled by science sounding words. Dr Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, a particle physicist wrote the book ‘Trick or Treatment’ about applying science to complementary medicines.Dr Ben Goldacre lectures medical doctors about falling for dumb science, and in his book ‘Bad Science’ he claims nutritionists are the worst because they know good science but refuse to use it.They push poorly researched diets and pills instead.I remember walking with a doctor of Entomology (PhD) from South Australia when he shocked me by saying he thought Iridology might be a good diagnostic tool. Iridology has been studied and found to be no better than chance. I know several PhDs that think homoeopathy works…how…how tell me…there is not even a molecule of the original substance left in the mixture and forget that rubbish about water having memory.This is the opposite of everything we learned in science. When you dilute a substance it gets weaker not stronger.