Last Watched

Series: Enemies of Reason

 

The Irrational Health Service

       Medicine
Richard Dawkins examines the growing suspicion the public has for science-based medicine, despite its track record of successes like the germ theory of disease, vaccines, antibiotics and increased lifespan. He notes a fifth of British children are currently not immunised against measles, mumps and rubella, attributing it to fears arising from a highly controversial report linking the vaccine with autism. Dawkins criticizes the growing field of alternative medicine which does not pass the same objective and statistical rigour as scientifically derived treatments using controlled double-blind studies. Without verifiable evidence, alternative therapies must rely on biased anecdotes and word of mouth to perpetuate. Dawkins observes these treatments have fanciful rationales and rituals behind them, with many alternative treatments employing pseudoscientific jargon such as "energy", "vibration" or "quantum theory" to give themselves greater credence to patients.
Tales by Light Season 2
Tales by Light Season 2

   2017    Nature
Natural World
Natural World

   2017    Nature
Chef's Table
Chef's Table

   2017    Art
The Real History of Science Fiction
The Real History of Science Fiction

   2014    Technology
Natural World
Natural World

   2009    Nature
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle

   2018    History