- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Thorsons Publishers (April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0722535341
- ISBN-13: 978-0722535349
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Memory of Water: Homoeopathy and the Battle of Ideas in the New Science
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This religion of true science has its own high priests, taboos and holy dogmas. The high priests are the editors of scientific journals such as Nature, who self-righteously decide which of nature's phenomena can and cannot be admitted into scientific scripture. Consideration for scientific canonization of a phenomenon usually depends on compatability with dogma and tradition.
Benveniste's research, described in the first half of this book, did not meet this criterion. It challenged the dogma that living system can be reduced to the mechanical interaction of molecules, and it violated a scientific taboo by suggesting that homeopathy, that old heresy on the systematic ridicule of which whole sceptical careers have been built, might be legitimate after all. A historical embarrasement for scientific orthodoxy seemed imminent.
Beneveniste had to be discredited by any means necessary. The second half of Schiff's book is devoted to a detailed discussion of what these means were.Read more ›
the advancement of science. This has been so since the dawn of
times. Almost always a new idea only finds its place after the
present generation of scientists and dea and buried. Organizations seem to exist with the only purpose to work as a
gatekeeper deciding which ideas are acceptable to science an which are not.
Trough history, how many brilliant ideas have been turned down by established high priests of science? Hundreds. Some eventually mae their way to the light and filled of shame the censors who could not distinguish a new idea from quackery.
Even great minds may be victimized by arrogance and prepotency. Comes to mind Harrison's fight against the Royal Academy of Science in the chronograph/longitude issue when Newton himself (among other geniuses like Halley) shamefully barred Harrison from his well-deserved prize an pride.
This book is a MUST READ. If you ever suspected that established science may be working against your interests, rest assured it is. Read this book.
The book starts by looking into the possibility that molecules can send information electromagnetically through water inside the cell. Certainly not a ridiculous possibility since electric potentials exist within the cell and as such so must electric and magnetic fields, this is not denied by conventional science but the possibility that electromagnetic signalling occurs, is.Read more ›
The book' author Schiff worked in Benveniste's lab and documents successful replication work, as well as attempted replication work by others. The book is not written to support any particular conclusions about possible memory of water so much as to document events ensuing from publication of extraordinary data. The investigators are not drawing hard-and-fast scientific conclusions (no hint of Schopenhauer's third stage) as to the specific nature and mechanism of the apparent discoveries. So, it is not only inappropriate to ridicule those curious about the subject, but it is anti-scientific to be making ad hominem attacks when the investigators are proceeding in an erudite fashion, from what I can see by reading the book.
The situation of the apparently rational laboratory director Benveniste (p. 98 reports Science Citation Index records more than 1000 references to his work in the period 1986 - 1991, five times greater than the average number of citations among those 30 scientists who directed a laboratory belonging to the same section in INSERM as Benveniste) has been and is willing to risk his every career gain to continue the work. It is most unfortunate that easy attacks have been the scientific community's preferred method of response to this remarkable man's unusual claims.
The book is mainly a pleading to allow science to proceed as science ought to proceed, uncertainty and all. Schiff does not claim to know that Benveniste is correct in all his assertions.
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There it is, a book about a researcher who claims to be a prophet while just being a unthorough researcher. Read morePublished on January 24, 2001
The Memory of Water is a wonderfully thought provoking read!
Tecnicnal knowledge and a knowledge of Homoeopathy are helpfull in reading this book but not essential. Read more
Only the clueless will understand this book. However, if you have a clue, it's actually quite humorous. Read morePublished on September 25, 1999