What?! Natural History Museum and pseudo-science!

Just had a shock! From DC’s Improbable Science article on “Quackademics in USA and Canada” I found out that the Natural History Museum in London promotes the pseudo-science and quackery of homeopathy. It’s bad enough with blithering Prince Charles et al doing the wacky talk, but to have an esteemed science institution doing the same is something that is hard to take! NHM, why oh why? And it also seems that the same homeopathic “practitioner” is also working with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London. I don’t have the Kew details but it makes me shudder!leaf

In previous articles I expressed a desire for critical thinking and the use of the scientific process (ie common sense!) to lead us to the truth. Have the NHM forgotten what true science is? Or are they just pandering (ie for money!) to the masses who blindly accept homeopathy despite all the real scientific evidence that indicate the falsity of homeopathy?

I’m going to think twice about providing monetary donations to the NHM when I next make my visit there as I do not want my money squandered on what has repeatedly been shown to be a lie. And that, my friends, hurts me the most as the NHM has provided me with good memories over the years. Somehow we must push back the ignorance that is being foistered on us all. I can’t believe that I’m going to quote Carl Sagan again so soon after my previous article but I feel compelled to do so:

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. – Carl Sagan

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. – Carl Sagan

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. – Carl Sagan

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