Hat Tip to Victoria Uni
I just spotted this on the NZ Herald site this morning; Victoria reviews homeopathy course.
Victoria University is distancing itself from a course it is offering in the controversial alternative medicine homeopathy.
The course "Homoeopathy: increasing your health awareness" is being offered through its Community Continuing Education programme in a one-off two hour lecture.
The lecture by Art Buehler, a senior religious studies lecturer advertises it will teach participants about the "internationally recognised, scientific medical system"
It was refreshing to see.
My question of the Uni would be;
How much control or oversight do you have over the Community Continuing Education programme and can you not tell them they can't run it on your campus?
One of the concerns I have is that just by allowing the course to run at the Uni it is getting a certain amount of undeserved credibility. I, for one, would like to see the Uni either prevent the course from running on it's campus or issue a press release explaining why they can't stop it and what their objections to it are.
This sort of credibility was recently lent to Meryl Dorey and the inappropriately named AVN in Perth when they were able hold a seminar at the State Library of West Austrlia. That's the inaccurately named Australian Vaccination Network, not the accurately named Adult Video Network. That Meryl milked it for all it was worth was evident on her blog and in the propaganda machine that is her Living Wisdom "news"letter. You may sense a little contempt there. That's because it's genuinely there. I receive this drivel and the misinformation and conspiracy mongering in it is nauseating.
I'm all for free speech, but that doesn't give anyone the right to spread misinformation, lies and magical thinking. Especially when it's about health related issues.