Are We Alone – Skeptic Check: Diluted Thinking

by Gary Niederhoff on March 1, 2011









The weaker the mixture, the stronger the potency. That paradox is a central tenet of homeopathy. More than 200 years old and developed long before germ theory, the practice is the fastest growing form of alternative medicine worldwide.

Proponents say its diluted remedies cure disease. Most scientists maintain there’s nothing in homeopathic solution but water. We’ll hear the arguments, and also the role placebos might be playing in the cure.

Plus, skeptic Phil Plait voyages to the edge of the solar system where a new planet has been discovered … maybe!

And, consider our brains: the product of millions of years of evolution. So why aren’t we more consistent in our reasoning?

It’s Skeptic Check…. but don’t take our word for it.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Phil Plait on Tyche.
Part 2: Seth and Molly’s homeopathic brew.
Part 3: Iris Bell on how homeopathic medicine works.
Part 4: Jim Underdown on the origins of homeopathic medicine.
Part 5: A protest against homeopathic medicine.
Part 6: Simon Singh on the dangers of non-medicine.
Part 7: Gordy Slack on the placebo response.
Part 8: Robert Kurzban on the modular mind.

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