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A wonderful exercise in terrible science
on 19 June 2013
This book is a fantastic guide to what not to do when conducting a scientific experiment. Controls? What are those? Other variables? What other variables? Showing all your results? Now that would be silly!
The message is nice, if a little... naive and poorly thought out, but the way it is presented only serves to highlight the flaws of said message. The natural world is not nice, it does not only know "love and gratitude"- he gives dolphins as an example of a noble creature with healing properties (page 35). Clearly he doesn't know much about dolphins, seeing as dolphins have been known to hunt for fun, killing porpoises and even their own young. Lions (page 46) are another bad example- male lions will happily kill the offspring of their rivals, for example.
Another glaring flaw is his idea of medicine and poison. While it is true that a high enough dose of pretty much any medicine will harm someone, that is true of anything (Paracelsus anyone?) and so the claim that all medicine is intrinsically harmful to the body (page 75)is just silly, as are the claims of all medicine being superficial only.
Perhaps the biggest problem with this book is his idea of what vibrations are, but if I tried writing any explanation as to the many flaws of his understanding of vibrations and frequency I'd be writing a book at least as long as `The Hidden Messages in Water". Suffice to say, his theory of the properties and functions of vibrations is confusing and very badly thought out and explained.
He butchers quantum mechanics and genetics, and shows next to no understanding of the things he references (with the exception of Dr Sheldrake, who, having been discredited by the scientific community, perhaps doesn't deserve to be seen as any kind of scientific expert anymore...). With a little application of logic, his arguments practically evaporate.
I suppose my main criticism here is that if you want to write a book about your pet theory but have no genuine science to back it up, don't bring poorly-disguised pseudo-science into it. If you do, don't be surprised when people with any understanding of the scientific method don't believe you.