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.

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It's not just universities

It's not just universities either, our local college has run courses under their community education programme. I was going to look at another course this lecturer was going to run earlier in the year to check it out, it was described as "Two Methods of Healing: Traditional Indian Medicine and Homeopathy". That one was postponed due to lack of enrolments, but I'd suspect that it was really something more like this - straight out promotion of homeopathy. It's bad enough when people can hire venues with a lot of credibility to lend them, but this person is lecturer, might be in religion and that definitely makes it look like it's supported by them. It's even worse knowing that if it's promoted as "scientific" someone might actually take that course and try magic water instead of medicine.

I hope they just cancel. Better still, review the religious study section and cancel that. It's not like it's advancing the sum of human knowledge after all.

Just so I'm not putting words

Just so I'm not putting words in your mouth are you actually advocating the collapse of an entire field because one person didn't realise the limitations of their knowledge?

happyevilslosh, please do not

happyevilslosh, please do not continue with this. I already know that you cannot fathom the concept that a process of logic and reasoning can be applied to other areas other than science and it's "objective truth" but there is no need to reinforce it to me and others here.

You have clearly

You have clearly misinterpreted why I ask. I'm asking because I wonder if you are aware of the difference between credulous religious teaching, such as that which happens in Sunday school, and comparative religious studies which may include questions as to human psychology and sociology, such as that which happens at a University. Because if you are it would seem that your anti-religious stance is causing you to throw the baby out with the bath water in saying the latter doesn't contribute to the sum of human knowledge.

Canterbury does it too :(

You needn't look afield for this sort of thing. Last summer Canterbury offered a continuing education course on NLP where the person taking it stated in the blurb they had a psychology honours degree from Canterbury.

It wasn't that I was looking

It wasn't that I was looking afield for for it. I have a number of news filters that alert me when new things are posted and indexed. This just came up in the net. :)