Kuhn, Anamolies, and those pesky Homeopaths
6th January 2009
Those who enjoyed RPE201 (Philosophy, Science and Belief) may enjoy the piece at http://apgaylard.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/expect-the-unexpected/ which discusses how to make sense of the role of anomalous results / findings in the context of Kuhn’s thought.
It also makes reference to the way that homeopathy has tended to mis-use scientific ideas (see badscience.net for some excellent material on this, and the role of evidence, risk and the like in science). If you want to understand more about evidence-based medicine and the problem with homeopathy – there is a fuller piece at http://www.badscience.net/2007/11/a-kind-of-magic/ which is well worth a read…