ayase said:Is Humanity at such a level that we are able to find proof for anything and everything which can be proven or disproven? Seen the Higgs boson particle yet?Mutsumi said:tl;dr: if it works, why is there no proof?
You mentioned the placebo effect; how the hell does that work then? You can think yourself better? Clearly observation of the placebo effect demonstrates that you can. There is proof for this but no explanation of why it might be the case; only hypothesis.
Note that I'm not trying to take sides here. I just think there is a lot about the structure of the universe we don't yet understand, and I don't think anyone on either side of this debate should claim to know conclusively how it works when we obviously aren't yet advanced enough to.
I agree. Plenty of things we know as science nowadays still existed hundreds of years ago without being understood. Likewise today things exist without explanation that in a hundred years or so will be common science.
However, all this talk of "essences" and "vital force" just screams far too much of new-age bullcrap for my liking. If there were any legitimacy to these "essences" and "vital forces", you wouldn't be referring to them "like this" for a start.
Should NHS money be spent on something which is at best, scientifically unproven and, at worst, ineffective? Not according to experts.