The Absolute Impossibility of Homeopathy
I enjoyed overdosing on Homeopathic Medicine this morning for the TV cameras, and since then I have been doing some thinking.
In particular, I've been pondering the numbers.
I think I have got my head around what the dilutions mean:
6x means "1 to 10 dilution, 6 times over"
30c means "1 to 100 dilution, 30 times over"
50M means "1 to 1,000,000 dilution, 50 times over"
Now, presuming I don't have the above system wrong, the sheer impossibility of these claims really smacked me in the face!
For example, if one were to take an original substance and homeopathically dilute it until it was 24c, this product would be MORE DILUTE than 1 molecule of substance placed into the entire contents of the world's oceans.
That is, a 24c product is diluted to 1 part in 1x10^48. The number of water molecules in the entire earth's oceans is modeled at 4.4*10^46 (not my figure).
Are they telling me that to achieve a dilution of 25c they happen to run the tap until it has poured around 100 times the available oceanic water through their homeopathy bucket? That's one impressive homeopathy factory. Somehow, I don't think so.
Next, let's move on to debunking the 50M solution.
If somebody were to dilute a solution until it was 14M, this would be more dilute than the equivalent of ONE ATOM diluted into the atoms of THE ENTIRE KNOWN UNIVERSE.
That is, the number of atoms in the entire known universe is 1x10^80 atoms, whereas a 14M solution would be diluted to one part in 1x10^84.
Are they trying to tell me that a 14M solution is as dilute as one atom in 10,000 universes? This is just banal, dribbling, insanity. I don't possess a calculator capable of coping with the numbers required to understand a 50M solution.
Either I am missing something in my understanding of homeopathic dilutions, or something is utterly wrong here.