The economic argument against woo…

Yesterday was a travel day, which means I was too exhausted to grind out a piece of peerless logorrheic prose full of Insolence, Respectful, not-so-Respectful, or both. Fortunately, readers sent me something rather amusing that is also timely given some of the conversations we had at the Lorne Trottier Symposium Monday and Tuesday, where questions about why various forms of woo are not accepted by mainstream medicine, chemistry, science, etc. One answer that came up is that, if these things worked, there’d be a lot of really interesting things to study, applications of these things to real world problems, and, of course, money to be made off of people other than the marks who believe in this stuff. The ever-resourceful xkcd produced just the cartoon, formulated as the economic argument:

The Economic Argument

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