Although I’m not a scientist, I’m quite aware of the way things work in science. Take medicine, for instance. Many doctors take offense at hearing their patients mention alternative medicine in the same breath as more established medical procedures. This happens even if alternative medicine is the patient’s best hope of recovery.
There are exceptions, of course. There are numerous cases of doctors telling patients-in confidence-to seek a cure by using alternative medicine. When this happens, the doctor will stress that he is in no position to make such a recommendation-officially; as the prevailing code of conduct in medicine forbids it. His job would immediately be at risk! I actually heard a doctor say this, when I accompanied a family member to a physician’s office. This happened in Sweden, but it occurs pretty much everywhere.
The next article relates to my own very personal experiences at the boundaries of science. I draw some of my inspiration from my grandmother, who sought out alternative remedies.