tenshineko wrote:I'm not even going to address the cherry-picking of my post to fit with what you want to say.
Thank you for bothering to address anything I have said. Really awesome to see that you actually care. Calling my post cherry picking when it quotes the only parts of your post that are relevant to your arguments is pretty awesome, too.
I'd love for you to address this:
FreePlayPSP wrote:So if they've proved to their satisfaction that the sun goes around the Earth, does that mean that, in China, the sun actually goes around the Earth? Or are we dealing with a single reality that is consistent everywhere?
We work with the best approximations we can make to how the universe works. If someone believes something completely different that cannot be confirmed by experiment or evidence, they are almost certainly wrong.
tenshineko wrote:Basically the discussion can be summed up like this: You're not going to believe anyone that says anything different than what you already believe, and I'm not going to believe most of what you say.
I believe evidence. That's it.
tenshineko wrote:And I do think that until we know everything, just about anything in the world IS possible...not necessarily probable, but possible. Something could be discovered tomorrow that turns all of our present knowledge on its head.
And until it does, there is no reason whatsoever to work under the assumption that what we think is right is actually wrong.
tenshineko wrote:If something works (even if not for the reasons you ascribe to it) then it works.
Unless it's not actually working, and we're misunderstanding what's really going on.
tenshineko wrote:And "what's the harm" refers to a situation when the end result is generally not going to be worse, not when you take a bad situation and make it a disaster.
This is what the proponents of pseudoscience say is the case: if you're desperate for a solution, what's the harm in seeking out every possible option? Well, in some cases, it can kill you quicker. It can bankrupt you. It can leave you with a lower quality of life for the rest of the time that you have. It can distract you from finding real solutions.
tenshineko wrote:I read the site that you linked, and some of it was interesting and rather tragic. On the other hand, some of the people were simply victims of bad luck, not necessarily bad thinking (a teenager "ghost hunting" as a lark does not generally need to fear getting shot in the head).
And, of course, that example isn't even relevant here, because we're talking about medicine.