Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel laureate, calls astrology a fake discipline
Quoting examples from history, such as disproving of Fleischman-Pons ideas of nuclear fusion at room temperature (cold fusion) and Linus Pauling’s claim that huge doses of vitamin C can keep away cancer.
He said beliefs persisted despite data, adding that hundreds of website and news articles continue to come out on cold fusion and benefits of vitamin C. To pass the test, prescribed procedure or medicine should be the actual cause of the cure and not a coincidence or due to an unrelated occurrence.
Dr Ramakrishnan said homeopathy had been advocated for life-threatening diseases like AIDS and cancer, for which there are real effective medicines, while astrology can be abused and used to influence decisions. “Both can lead people away from taking more effective actions based on logic and contemplation. A culture based on superstition will always do worse than that based on science,” he said. He added that doctors could, however, use the power of suggestion to enhance the effect of their medicine.
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