Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If "Mitt" Becomes A Popular Boys Name I'll Scream,...

While discussing the mixture of medicine with it's "alternative," Orac describes the best reason for not electing Romney with a cult behind him - without ever mentioning Romney with a cult behind him:
As Mark Crislip so famously put it, “If you integrate fantasy with reality, you do not instantiate reality. If you mix cow pie with apple pie, it does not make the cow pie taste better; it makes the apple pie worse.” 
And if you “integrate” pseudoscience with science, it does not make the science more rigorous. If you mix quackery with real medicine, you do not make the real medicine better—or even more “holistic.” Much of “integrative medicine” represents, more than anything else, a return to pre-scientific beliefs, such as vitalism, miasmas, and illnesses being caused and cured by, in essence spirits or gods or magic. After all, reiki is nothing more than a form of faith healing, and most energy medicine is nothing more than magic, the belief that if you wish for something really, really hard, you can bend the universe to do your bidding and provide you with that thing, in this case, healing.
I'll have more on this, as some seem to think I've been saying we're going to be forced to become Mormon if we elect Mitt Romney as president - which I haven't - but, for now, keep Orac's "garbage in/garbage out" critique in mind and try to figure out what I've been saying on your own - without being reductionist, pleeeeease.

 I can't wait to see what you'll come up with this time,...