Italy’s Gran Sasso National Laboratory ran a three-year experiment that timed 16,000 neutrinos as they made a 730-kilometer, 2.43-millisecond, trip—and found that they make the trip a bit too fast—60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. It is, of course, contrary to Einstein’s basic relativity law stating that nothing can move faster than the speed of light.
Perhaps we should now call the speed of light a suggestion?
This is, of course, fascinating. But what does it say about the basic assumptions of those who cite impossibility as the reason that homeopathy cannot work? Clearly, the nature of reality is not perfectly known—and equally clearly, the presumption that homeopathy doesn’t work because it can’t work is a deluded self-referent argument.
That argument is also utterly counter to the true spirit of science. Its purpose is to learn more about the world and universe we inhabit, not to make the arbitrary decision that we know it all, not even the basic facts. We do not. We must trust our senses. When what we see or experience doesn’t match what we expect, then the proper response is not to find excuses for why our impression was wrong. The proper response is to investigate, to find the truth.
After stating that homeopathy doesn’t work because it can’t, the rest of the arguments fall into line. They simply state, ad nauseam, that it has never been proven to work, that research that does show it works never happened or was deeply flawed, that research has shown that it doesn’t work, that its effects can be explained as placebo, that it hasn’t been through the rigors of double blind placebo controlled studies, that it can’t work because there is no active ingredient, and finally, that it can’t work because homeopaths cannot explain how it works.
That last is particularly laughable. It’s like suggesting that a rock couldn’t be thrown until someone could explain why it flew through the air instead of dropping straight to earth or flying upward or just hanging there. Knowing how something works is not, and never has been, a prerequisite to something working.
The self-styled sceptics completely ignore that homeopathists often cure what conventional medicine cannot—or worse, actually caused.
Then there’s the obvious matter that the physics these sceptics rely on are Newtonian. I’m not going to state that Newton was found to be wrong. He wasn’t. Within the right framework, they work beautifully. But they don’t tell the whole story. Einstein’s relational physics took it a step beyond, and now subatomic, or quantum, physics has gone even further than Einstein. Yet, the sceptics, the ones who want to state that homeopathy can’t work because it breaks the laws of physics, don’t seem to care that it’s only the limited laws of Newtonian physics that are broken, not of quantum physics.
But then, what can you expect from people whose reasoning begins and ends with the absurd self-referring statement, ”It can’t work so it doesn’t”? It’s a statement from dogma, not from reason. It’s equivalent to the church saying that the earth is the center of the universe because it must be the center of the universe.
Just as the results from Gran Sasso must be taken seriously and investigated, so must homeopathy. The evidence that it works exists, and denial does not refute its existence.