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Debate about Homeopathy: Mere Placebo or Great Medicine?

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Published on Dec 5, 2012

This question has been harshly argued for more than 200 years. And for more than 200 years, the two positions in this conflict have remained in a complete deadlock. It is astonishing to note that arguments on either side have essentially not changed much over this long period of time. On one side, skeptics are claiming from a purely theoretical point of the view, "homeopathy is implausible. Therefore it can't work," and any evidence in its favor must logically be flawed. On the other hand, we have generations after generations of homeopaths claiming from a purely factual point of view and with loads of evidence, "And yet, it works!"

Dr. André Saine, Dean of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy, and Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill Office for Science and Society, will face each other to debate this important question.

Post-Debate Questions & Answers:
After the debate, Drs. André Saine and Joe Schwarcz mutually accepted to answer questions from the public by writing. Dr. Schwarcz also sent 18 questions to Dr. Saine. In return, Dr. Saine sent 27 questions to Dr. Schwarcz. They both agreed to post all four series of Q&A on their respective website. These Q&A can now be accessed here:
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These Q&A should also be available at: http://blogs.mcgill.ca/oss/2012/12/20...

The Canadian Academy of Homeopathy has initiated a fund raising campaign of $1.9 million in order to pursue four projects essential to the future of homeopathy. Please visit: http://www.homeopathy.ca/contribution...

Find a transcription of this debate at the following link: http://www.legatum.sk/en:misc:talk-sa...

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