Friday, July 4, 2008

Gambling (With Your Life)

The NewAge Argument:

"Australians spend four times as much out of their own pockets on alternative medicines as on pharmaceuticals. "Obviously people vote with their wallets. So it's likely they do it because they're receiving a benefit."

The Skeptic's Reply:

"Australians spend more money a week on gambling than they do on petrol or on alcohol. Obviously people vote with their wallets. So it's likely they do it because they're receiving a benefit."

"Given the similarities,...the only thing they'll receive is a bout of superstitious behaviour. (The same analogy applies to most of the complementary therapies too, I'd suggest.)"

Hat Tip: Humbug! Online - A Blog For Iconoclasts.