Re: [skeptical] Digest Number 228
>The number of people who believe in homeopathy or acupuncture is
> Not in some places. Take India. They have homeopathy as part of the
> state-funded health system. In Britain (my country of residence), we
> have homeopathy and acupuncture on the National Health Service (a
> socially funded health service that we all pay for via taxes).
irrelevant. For it to be scientifically factual, there has to be a
clincal trial. To the best of my knowledge, homeopathy has been proven
At one time, everyone in Europe believed the world was flat. Thousands or
millions of people believed this, or that rats spontaneously arose from
rags. That does not make it true.
>Having been in many waste of time arguments, I found that I was not
>> Sure, lobby to keep religion out of the classroom, and out of
>> government, but save your energy that is wasted on one dumb
>> individual and save it for activism.
>> Life is just to short to be arguing with idiots. Who cares about
>> the "Shroud of Turin" anyway?
> Often skeptics will argue with people who aren't "true believers" but
> "fence sitters" (to use Michael Shermer's terminology). In that case,
> you are trying to convince the audience not just the individuals.
convincing any group, though I deluded myself that I was. What it really
boiled down to, in an argument with an individual is that "I'm right and
you're wrong". It as all ego.
If I wanted to change the minds of people I could have done many things,
including writing articles, going to the legislature or some other
activist outlets. That is much more logical than arguing with a single
People over the age of 30, who have extreme beliefs, like the Shroud of
Tourin or creation science are not going to change their minds. They are
powered by the "Lord" and there's just no logic in an argument like that.
I'm not an atheist, though I don't believe in a "Lord" of any type. People
have the right to believe what they want to believe. My problem is when
people try to use science to bolster their faith.
My very best friend and my now deceased mother were very into alternative
health care. My best friend is a big believer in homeopathy. In a case
like this, I feel the friendship is much more important than to inform her
of the facts of homeopathy. I keep my mouth zipped.
Isn't there some notion like a social IQ?