On the 6th of February, in partnership with the Canberra Skeptics incorporated, I will be participating in the global 10-23 event.
It has been my observation, and that of others in the skeptical movement, that most members of the public do not understand what homeopathy really is. Most people seem to think that the adjective “homeopathic” is the equivalent of “herbal”, or “natural”. They consider homeopathy the same way they consider vitamins, or health supplements, when in fact homeopathy is a very different kind of product.
We will not be making a claim about whether or not homeopathy actually works. Instead, we will be demonstrating to the public how homeopathy is prepared. We will be making a 30C homeopathic preparation of hydrochloric acid, demonstrating the principles of dilution and succussion. The public will be able to make up their own mind whether to spend money on elaborately and expensively prepared water.
If any supporter of homeopathy really believes they can distinguish the homeopathic preparation from plain water, we invite them to try for the Australian Skeptics $100,000 prize or the James Randi Educational Foundation’s million dollar prize. Of course, they will have to prove it can be done without reliance upon pure chance!
This event will begin at 10:23am on Sunday 6th February, to coincide with associated events across the world. It will take place in the gardens of Old Parliament House (see Rational Capital website for map).