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The reason, of course, that the homeopathy strip has upset so many people is that when writing negatively about such a subject, you are inevitably tramping on people's deeply held beliefs. Such criticism can seem like a personal attack. I don't think for a minute that a comic strip on homeopathy is going to change the mind's of people who are really invested in it. That's not going to happen. Only some event in their own experience will do that (maybe). The strip is primarily aimed at readers who only have a vague knowledge of the subject, and think perhaps that there must be something to the practice, as why otherwise would the British National Health service divert funds to it, and why would so many celebrities, politicians, journalists, members of the royal family, etc, believe in it?

The strip has done extraordinarily well, having had over 30 thousand views in the first two days. By far the single most successful strip I've ever had online.

Thanks to all the many people who took the time to email me and leave me notes. Far too many for me to ever get back to. A special thanks to those who have sent me links.

My next science strip will be on the subject of the supposed Moon Hoax.

References for the homeopathy strip.

Wikipedia entry on Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy. The Society Of Homeopaths.

Homeopathy: What's The Harm by Simon Singh.

Homeopaths 'endangering lives' by offering malaria remedies, Alok Jha, science correspondent, The Guardian, Friday 14 July 2006

The Lancet – “Benefits and risks of homoeopathy by Ben Goldacre.

Death By Homeopathy. Steven Novella, Neurologica Blog.

Homeopathy pdf, Sense About Science.

Statement on homeopathic remedies for malaria, Health Protection Agency.

Learn From This Tragedy, Andrew Bolt of the
 Herald Sun on the death of Penelope Dingle.

Coroner questions why Dr Peter Dingle didn't confront homeopath, Chris Robinson From: PerthNow

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Oh, I'm definitely going to put that incident in the strip.

That's a nice achievement! I am very much interested in science (I'm studying it) but I find comics are an awesome way to learn about things. Plus, you do it so well.

....although, I am disappointed that Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun is referenced... As a Melbournite, I hate them both. I like a good uni student, read The Age.

(That's a little bit of a Melbourne in-joke, but oh well.)

I did get the feeling that Mr. Bolt might not be the best source.

I second the concern about citing Andrew Bolt. To any Australian reading, your credibility goes down instantly.

I think that Comics and science are a good mix, if done right. I grew up in the 60s in Australia reading the newspaper strip FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE and it sparked an interest in both in me.

That is a nice old comic you've got there.

I'm so glad you're doing these. I've been wanting to do a skeptically themed comic series for a while - but maybe a fiction series or something...

Anyway, keep it up!

I've had the homeopathy one sent to me repeatedly by friends who know my views on such rubbish :)

There's almost certainly a correlation between the amount of venom in responses to a cartoon like that, and the degree of irrationality in the belief its addressing, if that makes sense. In other words, it seems logical that the wackier and farther out the belief, the loonier its adherents. I'm a journalist, and it's always frustrating, not to say maddening and even hurtful, when readers take something as a personal attack and respond in kind, but as my editor says, if people are angry, we're doing our job.

I certainly appreciate your efforts in presenting what should be face-smackingly obvious information in the most accessible possible format.

Anyway, keep up the good work, for it is good work.

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