Another brief post. Today, I’ll be mostly looking at homeopathic paranoia.
I’m somewhat baffled as to why homeopaths always assume that any dissenter is somehow in the pay of Big Pharma. I’m not and have never been in the pay of Big Pharma. Edouard from the ‘Other Health’ forum, however seems to think that I am. Based on absolutely no evidence. Ah, well. ‘Twas ever thus with the homeopaths. Perhaps there should be a homeopathic tag-line? How about: “Guaranteed: Evidence-free since 1807”.
Another common misconception is that when there are two or more dissenters, they must be the same person posting from two different accounts. There seems to be a collective paranoia that pervades homeopathic forums, blogs etc. Perhaps this paranoia is merely symptomatic of the muddle-headed thinking that predominates the alt-med lobby. Susan seems to think I am some kind of sock puppet.
I suppose once you’ve suspended your disbelief (say, in order to accept the claims of homeopathy at face value) it may be hard to begin thinking rationally again. This kind of muddled thinking is not limited to homeopaths, of course. Anti-vaccination lobbyists share the paranoia displayed by homeopaths as can be seen on the ridiculous JABS forum. The same may well be true of other Alt-Med lobbyists, whatever their particular hobby horse. If you have any good examples then please feel free to post in the comments section.