Saturday’s post got me thinking. Why do you think they call it alternative remedies, medicine, etc?
The short answer being that it is the alternative, obviously, but to what?
Clearly it is the alternative to the rigour of scientific methodology. Science methodology has provided the bedrock for critical reflection of the natural universe in a way that we can establish confidence in our conclusions. This investigation has lead to well-founded ideas building upon one another, like bricks, until we have complex structures that allow us to probe the length and history of the universe right down to identifying a viral infection in the human body.
Why on Earth would one need, let alone even want an alternative to that?
The alternative being free from such critical tools and so equally free from such certainty. Special “medicinal” roots and “organic” vegan diets are claimed to work wonders, as is the power of the selective memory water, aka homeopathy, because some character claims it and medical researchers have suppressed this knowledge for a given reason (if it were money, they would be likely to isolate the active ingredients and package that alone for a profit, so even here the argument falls down).
It is a lot like saying that driving blind is a sensible alternative to regular driving, which is only needlessly regulated and orchestrated for no benefit. That’s rubbish, just as is alternative medicine; appealing to your poorer senses and general curiosity.
We all know it’s nonsense, the worse thing we can do it enable it.