Skeptic Person:”You believe in Homeopathy?”
Me:”No. Homeopathy is not a religion, it’s science, a therapy method based on a universal principle.”
Skeptic Person:”But you take homeopathic remedies.”
Me:”Well, yes. It works even if you don’t believe that it works.”
Skeptic Person:”In my opinion it is just a placebo. Unconsciously you believe that it works, therefore it works.”
Mmmh, I got really no time and delight in convincing him in something that is so obvious for me and million other people who knows for experience that homeopathy indeed works.
Me:”It works for animals, bacteria, … do they believe?”
Skeptic Person:”No … but there is no scientific proof that water has a memory …”
Oh here we are again: The legend of “No scientific proof”
Me:”Sure, scientific proofs exist, thousands of scientific proofs, done in laboratory, under strict conditions, double-blind, double-double-triple-blind, …”
Skeptic Person:”So if (IF … THEN … ELSE) … if science proved that it works, why is it not recognized in mainstream medicine?”
Oh dear, … no but he is right. It’s a good question!
Me:”Let me ask you first a question. Then maybe you will understand on your own the reason why it is not accepted in mainstream. What is the difference between a person who believes in a meaning of life and a person who don’t?”
Skeptic Person:”Most people who believe that life has a meaning believe also in God, a creator, or at least in some force. In contrast people who don’t believe that life has an meaning are in some kind lost, without hope.”
Me:”What do you think, whom of this people is more adhere to the golden rule*?”
* Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
Skeptic Person:”Who believes that life has a meaning, right?!”
Me:”And why should people who don’t believe in a meaning of life not take the golden rule into account?”
Skeptic Person:”Because a person who has hope has the natural desire to share his hope. Therefore who has no hope will not consider the golden rule.”
Me:”Ok, now just another question and you will see how the big picture looks like. Is homeopathy a materialistic science?”
In philosophy, the theory of materialism holds that the only thing that exists is matter or energy; that all things are composed of material and all phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material interactions. In other words, matter is the only substance, and reality is identical with the actually occurring states of energy and matter.
Scientific ‘Materialism’ is often synonymous with, and has so far been described, as being a reductive materialism. In recent years, Paul and Patricia Churchland have advocated a radically contrasting position (at least, in regards to certain hypotheses); eliminativist materialism holds that some mental phenomena simply do not exist at all, and that talk of those mental phenomena reflects a totally spurious “folk psychology” and Introspection illusion.
Skeptic Person:”It seems to be a kind of idealism.”
You should know that we have talked about the difference between materialism and idealism. So he knew the difference at the time we talked about homeopathy.
Me:”And on what kind of science is the mainstream medicine based?”
Skeptic Person:”Materialism … ah now I understand!”
Me:”We are living in a material world, right?”
Skeptic Person:”Ok I got the point. It’s the same thing as with the free energy research. …”
… we talked for another half hour and and we met again the next month. Surprisingly he was now convinced about homeopathy and he desired to know more about the memory of water. I was very curious and asked him what part exactly of our conversation changed his mind about homeopathy and he answered with a smile:”None of it. I made a self proving.”