From The Quackometer I learn of the latest hilarious homeopathic complaints against the reality based community. Recent homeopaths’ letters to the Grauniad, include this previously unnoticed fundamental flaw in Ben Goldacre's reasoning:
Goldacre seems to think that homeopathic remedies are prepared by diluting substances. He omits the critical component of shaking ('succussion') between serial dilutions without which they would, indeed, be merely water rather than potentised substances.
Well of course – I see it now. Shaking. Because without the shaking after each dilution, homeopathy would be patently ridiculous. But now it makes perfect sense. Why didn’t they say so before? It’s shaking as well! Thanks for clearing that up.
You know, I think this argument proves one thing, namely that if homeopaths’ complaints were distributed according to homeopathic dilutions, they might actually be stronger.
Or less weak, anyway.