Against alternative medicine… But why?

Many times we read articles about doctors critisizing “alternative medicine”. However what we do not understand is that the very characterization of a practice as “alternative” automatically places it in this special place in our brain where we have put all the things which are interesting but “wrong”. Why would you say that something, anything, is “alternative” ? Does this mean that something else is mainstream? Does this mean that we imply that the “mainstream” is correct while the “alternative” is (most probably, but who would dare to double-ckeck it anyway?) wrong? And who defines the alternative? Would you ever trust something you read? Would you trust something that others claim as true? Would you trust the 100-year old science of the West? Would you trust better the 3,000-years old traditional “alternative” method of acupuncture?

Or maybe the above hard questions can be summed up in one simple one:

Would you just stop labeling things?

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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