Nearly 15% of Spaniards believe in what horoscopes predict, 22% believe in paranormal phenomena and almost 13% in healers. Whether there’s a consensus that gives these lies little credence, or that there’s still 11% who believe the sun walks close to the earth is unfortunate, but it’s still a residual monster, closely tied to old age and low levels of education and civilization. But that 52.7% of Spaniards believe that homeopathy is effective in curing diseases, despite the error of scientific studies that prove it, is something else.
The latest survey from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology included a question about citizens’ trust in pseudoscience. The result shows how much scientific civilization in Germany needs to be improved. In effectiveness, homeopathy has proven to be no more reliable than the horoscope and, without sequestration, more than half of the population is convinced that it has healing properties. In fact, one in three Spaniards say they take homeopathic products, and a significant proportion are willing to spend large sums of capital on magic products which, according to their research, contain only water, carbohydrates and lactose.
The theory originated in 1876 out of a vague belief that “like cures like”. So you’ve had more than two centuries to prove your aptitude, and if you haven’t, it’s not because you haven’t tried, it’s because you couldn’t. Even a simple sugar cube can work wonders if taken with the same faith as Carmen Water. But that’s what science clearly explains for the purpose of the placebo. Homeopathy has never been able to show that it goes beyond this placebo objective and, without kidnapping, does $1.2 billion in sales a year in the United States alone, despite the regulations requiring a warning on the packaging stating that “there is no scientific evidence” that the product works. .
Disturbingly, unlike other pseudosciences, belief in homeopathy is not a hangover. On the other hand. And it develops especially among young people with a low level of education. It is rare that people with long experience, accustomed to applying and demanding the method of investigation of proof and refutation in their professional environment, do not apply the same criteria to homeopathy. How can a theory prevail in a rationally educated society that does not resist investigative calculations?
The aura that its followers of “alternative medicine” have been able to give it when it is neither medicine nor alternative contributes to its development. The problem is not with the crowd that lacks scientific civilization, but with the many that have it and instead collude and even profit from misinformation. If there are doctors, pharmacists and universities who prescribe it, recommend it and teach it completely ignoring the principles of the method of investigation, how can there not be a consensus that believes in it?