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July 6, 2009
Argumentum ad Crumenam
There's been a raging battle going on in the comments to this post wherein I disparaged homeopathic medicine. I've been staying out of it, but I had to excerpt this comment, make by a persistent advocate for the miracle water:
In the meantime, homeopathy is practiced openly by learned men in Europe. Why is that? Are they THAT ‘superstitious’? That ‘stupid’? Or that ‘corrupt’. Seriously. Is Great Britain RULED by a bunch of superstitious idiots? The Royal family retains homeopaths as part of their medical staff.
I'll be glad to field that one. Why yes, since you ask, if the royal family pays homeopaths, then "superstitious idiots" seems to be a perfectly appropriate phrase. And anyone who believes that any member of a hereditary monarchy (or of any other rich family) has to be more intelligent because of their position. . .well, there are phrases to describe a person like that, too. Hey, we can even be thrifty and reuse "superstitious idiot". This is an old enough logical fallacy to have a Latin name; see above.
If you'd like to see someone else berate the House of Windsor for just these same failings, you can see Richard Dawkins do a first-class job of it here.
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