The reason, of course, that the homeopathy strip has upset so many people, is that when writing negatively about such a subject, you are inevitably tramping on people's deeply held beliefs. Such criticism can seem like a personal attack. I don't think for a minute that a comic strip on homeopathy is going to change the mind's of people who are really invested in it. That's not going to happen. Only some event in their own experience will do that (maybe). The strip is primarily aimed at readers who only have a vague knowledge of the subject, and think perhaps that there must be something to the practice, as why otherwise would the British National Health service divert funds to it, and why would so many celebrities, politicians, journalists, members of the royal family, etc, believe in it?
The strip has done extraordinarily well, having had over 30 thousand views in the first two days. By far the single most successful strip I've ever had online.
Thanks to all the many people who took the time to email me and leave me notes. Far too many for me to ever get back to. A special thanks to those who have sent me links.
My next science strip will be on the subject of the supposed Moon Hoax.
References for the homeopathy strip.
Wikipedia entry on Homeopathy
What is Homeopathy. The Society Of Homeopaths.
Homeopathy: What's The Harm by Simon Singh.
Homeopaths 'endangering lives' by offering malaria remedies, Alok Jha, science correspondent, The Guardian, Friday 14 July 2006
The Lancet – “Benefits and risks of homoeopathy by Ben Goldacre.
Death By Homeopathy. Steven Novella, Neurologica Blog.
Homeopathy pdf, Sense About Science.
Statement on homeopathic remedies for malaria, Health Protection Agency.
Learn From This Tragedy, Andrew Bolt of the
Herald Sun on the death of Penelope Dingle.
Coroner questions why Dr Peter Dingle didn't confront homeopath, Chris Robinson From: PerthNow