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Jul 27, 2008

Water Memory

Could water really have a memory?

By Simon Singh

Glass of water
The trial appeared to back the theory of homeopathy
The news that the number of prescriptions for homeopathic medicines written by GPs in England has nearly halved in just two years coincides with the 20th anniversary of a seminal scientific paper on the subject.

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1988, the science world was rocked by one of the most controversial research papers ever published in the highly-respected journal Nature.

According to a charismatic French scientist named Jacques Benveniste, pure water could somehow remember what it had previously contained.

Benveniste had started with a substance that caused an allergic reaction, he diluted it over and over again until there was nothing left except water, and then he observed that the pure water still managed to trigger an allergic reaction when it was added to living cells.

If the experiment was correct then it would mean rewriting the laws of physics and chemistry.

-BBC

4 Comments:

At 3:33 PM , Anonymous Cathexis said...

They "diluted it until there was nothing left?!?"

Since dilution doesn't remove the allergen, that staement is not true. The final concentration may be miniscule, but there *is* something left. Depending on the allergen and the sensitivity of the test subject, I'd say the results are potentially explicable with current science.

Water may turn out to have memory, but Mr Benveniste's experiment does not support the hypothesis.

 
At 4:16 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Yeah, I wondered how 'nothing left' was determined.

In defense, sometimes this sort of endeavor accurately suggests legitimate insight without actually proving anything.

I wonder if this has any genuine merit? Marvelous, if so.

 
At 4:39 PM , Blogger DAVE BONES said...

Hey they needed rewritting.

 
At 7:59 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Yep, that or a better reading.

 

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