Nobel Winner Defends Homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine may not be respected by most mainstream scientists, but that does not include the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for medicine. French virologist Dr. Luc Montagnier, who won for discovering the AIDS virus, takes the often-sneered-at science very seriously.
According to the Huffington Post, Montagnier recently told a gathering of Nobel winners that he thinks homeopathy has great significance to the future of medicine. “I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything” he told the journal Science, “What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original Molecules.” The dilutions he was referring to are those which the medical establishment believes make it impossible for homeopathy to do anything because the number of molecules available is so small. Montagnier says, however, that his research shows that the structure of the water molecule itself has been changed by the diluting process and that has a profound biological effect.
Among those supporting Montagnier’s conclusions is fellow Nobel winner Brian Josephson. Many scientists today, he once told New Scientist, suffer from “pathological disbelief.” They maintain, he says, an unscientific attitude, embodied by the statement, “even if it were true I wouldn’t believe it.”
“The idea that water can have a memory,” he joked recently, “can be readily refuted by any one of a number of easily understood, invalid arguments.”
The Homeopathic approach, Montagnier believes, could have a profoundly important role to play in the search for cures to today’s most threatening maladies such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. If, that is, it is not blocked by entrenched conventional science.
Is a Brain Essential?
The conventional view of the human mind is that it is a function of the brain. Take away the brain and you take away the mind. Some researchers, however, like Rupert Sheldrake and Dean Radin disagree, suggesting that, in fact, mind exists beyond the physical body, and that the brain serves merely as a kind of tuning device which can access the mind but does not actually contain it. A startling case currently making news is adding support for the latter view.
Three-year-old Chase Britten, who was born with a completely missing cerebellum, is provoking astonishment within the world of mainstream medicine. According to a report from AOL news, not only is he functioning in a relatively normal way, he seems to be thriving, standing, learning to walk, picking up things, and enjoying life, all things considered impossible for one with his abnormality. The cerebellum, after all, is the part of the brain believed to control motor skills, balance, and emotions.
Doctors at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington say they do not understand it. In their view Chase has the MRI of a vegetable. They are, they say, reexamining their theories about brain function.
There are other reported examples of people living in a relatively normal way without benefit of a normal brain, but Chase’s case appears to be one of the most carefully scrutinized ever and could prove to be very influential.
Is Astrology Science?
At least four thousand years old and going strong, astrology is providing no portents of its own demise. In fact, despite recent legal challenges, the practice has received the virtual endorsement of the supreme court of India. That, however, is not a pleasing fact to the dominant materialist order.
“Astrology,” says the incredulous Times of India, “has been debunked by most world scientists,” and cites “renowned” physicist Prof. Yash Pal. Lawsuits filed in Indian courts had sought to prohibit the advertising of predictions based on astrology. Apparently there are charlatans who would abuse the widespread belief in the method but who have turned out to be wrong. Nevertheless, the Indian court has declared astrology to be “trusted science” exempt from such attacks.
The court is joined by many experts, including John Anthony West, author of the The Case of Astrology, who points out that the subject has been recognized as valid by many of the greatest thinkers in history, including Pythagorus, Plato, Plotinus, St. Thomas Aquinas, Johannes Kepler, Goethe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Jung, and many others.
Challenges to the legitimacy of any practice based on the failure of some to use it properly could, it seems, deny people the right to use matches, because some have employed them to burn down houses. Suppose science was made illegal because some have used it to make predictions which have not come true. Where, after last winter, would global warming prophets find support for their projects!