I've just found this community. I shall now violate a cardinal rule of the Internet by posting after only five minutes of lurking.
I got here by running a google search on: Bloom Lucifer Principle meme Homeopathy
I'd been racing through the book, enjoying the way he pulled together supporting arguments for his model of belief systems as organisms subject to natural selection, and then I pulled up short as I hit the sympathetic treatment of Homeopathy.
Imagine you're reading a book on cosmology, and in chapter twelve the writer dismisses some well-established theory as "jew science" and then continues on his way as if he hadn't just demonstrated himself to be softheaded and irrational.
It's like the thirteenth chime of a clock. Not only is it bizarre in itself, but it calls into question everything else from the same source.
I'm horrified to learn that I've been reading, and until now taking seriously, a writer who can't see the difference between reproducible peer-reviewed results and what I'll call, after a long struggle to summon a polite phrasing, a fanciful belief system with no demonstratable value.
The footnotes suggest that Mr. Blooms view of Homeopathy is informed primarily by the writings of one Harris Coulter who, upon a casual inspection of his website
, appears to be something of a loon.
I'm trying to summon the urge to keep eating, but having found one cockroach in my salad already, I greatly fear there are others where I won't see them in time.
Has anyone who was similiarly horrified gone on to finish the thing? Is there more like this?