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Charles Draper said on 02 May 2009

2/2 Advocates of homeopathy sometimes respond to this argument by asserting that the curative effect of homeopathic remedies arises from a "memory" of the vanished active ingredient that is somehow retained by the water in which it was dissolved (and then by the starch when the water is evaporated!). But the diffculty, once again, is not simply the lack of any reliable experimental evidence for such a "memory of water". Rather, the problem is that the existence of such a phenomenon would contradict well-tested science, in this case the statistical mechanics of fl uids. The molecules of any liquid are constantly being bumped by other molecules - what physicists call thermal fluctuations - so that they lose any 'memory" of their past configuration within a fraction of a second. In short, all the millions of experiments confirming modern physics and chemistry also constitute powerful evidence against homeopathy. Despite this, the NHS continues to fund homeopathic 'treatment' at the taxpayers' expense. No one, not even the Health Minister, seems to know how much the NHS spends annually on unproven (or disproven) "complementary and alternative" therapies, because the NHS does not bother to keep track. Estimates of the annual cost range from £50 to £450 million. For footnotes and source, see: sokal/sense_about_science_PUBL.pdf