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10^23 Campaign: Homeopathy Demonstration

By arthwollipot 1 February 2011 27

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).

Background Links:
1023 Campaign: http://www.1023.org.uk/
Rational Capital Podcast: http://rationalcapital.com.au/
Canberra Skeptics: http://www.canberraskeptics.org.au/
Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize: http://www.skeptics.com.au/features/prize/
The JREF Million Dollar Challenge: http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html

Contact: Andrew Gould
Email: arthwollipot @ gmail . com

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Thoroughly Smashed 2:38 pm 01 Feb 11

trix said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

The jury’s still out on acupuncture, but at least it has a proposed mechanism of action that fits within the currently understood laws of nature.

What, exactly, is this mechanism for acupuncture?

It is believed to stimulate the production of endorphins (which are opioids) and other neurotransmitters used by the body to regulate pain, stress and mood. Whenever I need to regulate pain I’ll take an over-the-counter opioid and pocket the difference in time and money.

Note that despite the claims of acupuncture it doesn’t matter where on the body the needles are stuck, and all the other mystical nonsense surrounding the practice is just that.

longshanks 2:37 pm 01 Feb 11

Erg0 said :

mr_spoon said :

I’m planning a homeopathic attendance at your demonstration.

Does that mean you’ll walk past the site three days before it’s on?

Ha! He could also touch someone, who then touches someone else, who touches a third person, and the 30th person in line could attend on his behalf.

Erg0 2:15 pm 01 Feb 11

mr_spoon said :

I’m planning a homeopathic attendance at your demonstration.

Does that mean you’ll walk past the site three days before it’s on?

p1 2:11 pm 01 Feb 11

trix said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

The jury’s still out on acupuncture, but at least it has a proposed mechanism of action that fits within the currently understood laws of nature.

What, exactly, is this mechanism for acupuncture?

The stick needles in you and keep asking if you feel better. Then they say “see, the needles made you feel better”.

p1 2:09 pm 01 Feb 11

mr_spoon said :

I’m planning a homeopathic attendance at your demonstration.

In this weather, I suggest that your homeopathic solutions be dispensed via water pistol.

trix 2:05 pm 01 Feb 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

The jury’s still out on acupuncture, but at least it has a proposed mechanism of action that fits within the currently understood laws of nature.

What, exactly, is this mechanism for acupuncture?

Thoroughly Smashed 1:52 pm 01 Feb 11

trix said :

And Randi’s so-called offer is just grand-standing

Grandstanding is making claims that you can’t support.

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