Originally Posted by Spider AL
Belief in the effectiveness of homeopathy is not supported by evidence, therefore it is irrational, and like all irrational beliefs it is intrinsically worthless and may well result in negative consequences for the person who holds it, and for those around them.
Beliefs must be based on reason and evidence to be valid. End of story.
I would like to hear your take on the placebo effect, Spider. Placebos are irration and yet to some extent, they are effective. I know science often uses placebo as baseline for measuring effectiveness, which is to say it defines the effectiveness of placebo as zero. However, if the symptoms have been reduced by placebo, isn't that something of a benefit that should not be discounted?