Edzard Ernst has a brand new ebook out: Charles, The Different Prince: An Unauthorized Biography. I wrote a full ebook evaluation that may seem within the subsequent difficulty of Skeptical Inquirer journal, however I wished to offer my readers on Science-Primarily based Medication a heads-up. Charles’ efforts to advertise different drugs have been talked about many instances on SBM, however readers might not respect the depth of his folly. I do know I didn’t, till I learn this ebook. The complete story has by no means been instructed till now.
Ernst makes use of Prince Charles’ personal phrases to show his ignorance of science and drugs. He thinks typical drugs is nothing however “tablets and procedures”. On the age of 34, he had the chutzpah to lecture to the members of the British Medical Affiliation on the facility of spiritualism, urging them to comply with their instinct somewhat than search for scientific proof. He has at all times been intuitively averse to scientific materialism and was drawn to mysticism. He fell below the affect of disreputable advisers equivalent to Laurens van der Put up, who was a compulsive liar and who impregnated a 14-year-old woman.
Along with haranguing docs, he has been lobbying politicians to get the NHS to pay for different drugs. Happily, his efforts have had little impact.
He says “the proof of expertise is simply as essential as scientific proof”. He repeatedly falls for the publish hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy and different logical fallacies. Ernst wonders if he’s actually that ignorant about science and logic, or if is that this motivated ignorance, ignoring something that disagrees along with his opinions.
Prince Charles is satisfied that acupuncture and Gerson remedy are absolutely supported by scientific proof, and he endorses diagnostic strategies like foot reflexology, iridology, and pulse prognosis, strategies which have been examined and proven to not work. He’s a agency believer in homeopathy.
Maybe the worst factor is that he’s proud of being known as “the enemy of the Enlightenment”. He’s clearly anti-science. He requires extra analysis into different drugs, however he doesn’t imply what we imply by analysis. He doesn’t need analysis to ask “if” a therapy is efficient, he desires it to show that it is efficient, and that it could get monetary savings (which it could not).
Ernst’s ebook affords many extra fascinating particulars. I hope a few of you’ll learn it. You might be as shocked as I used to be.