I found myself sucked into this discussion of the role of science in medicine when I read this article about how perceived quackery might have contributed to Steve Job’s death. My argument was that while I, personally, would have gone for the Western surgery and chemo in a similar situation, Western science is inherently limited by it’s own scope, and the fact that there are many things it can’t be used to prove or disprove doesn’t somehow make it worthy of the level of religious zeal that many so-called skeptics imbue it with. In fact, in many situations, the public’s faith in the reliability of our scientific, medical, and particularly media establishment is potentially as misplaced as someone’s faith, in, say, Homeopathy.

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