Things that do not make sense

There is an interesting article on the New Scientist web site about 13 things that do not make sense. One of them I particularly like:

Madeleine Ennis, a pharmacologist at Queen’s University, Belfast, was the scourge of homeopathy. She railed against its claims that a chemical remedy could be diluted to the point where a sample was unlikely to contain a single molecule of anything but water, and yet still have a healing effect. Until, that is, she set out to prove once and for all that homeopathy was bunkum.

The reason I like it is that, if this report is true, this Madeleine Ennis is a courageous person, twice: once because she shows readiness to admit, both privately and publicly, that she was wrong. This commitment to truth even when you don’t like it is the key ingredient to make a real scientist. But Ennis is courageous once more because homeopathy has such a bad name that she simply cannot ignore the flak she is going to receive, irrespective of the quality of her work. Kudos to her.

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