Editorials

 When Computers Lie – Editorial July 2023  

Written by Alan V. Schmukler

So, what can be inferred about artificial intelligence? It will have all the prejudices and blind spots of the people who program it.

ChatGPT is an A.I. chatbot that uses natural language processing to create human-like conversational dialogue. It’s programmed to answer questions, so I decided to test its knowledge.

I posed this question to ChatGPT:

 Show me all the evidence supporting homeopathy.”

The program then responded with several paragraphs outlining the basic premises “of homeopathy.  For instance:

“Homeopathy is a controversial form of alternative medicine that is based on the principle of “like cures like” and the use of highly diluted substances.”

It then followed with these outright lies and distortions:

While proponents of homeopathy argue that it can effectively treat various ailments, it is important to note that the scientific consensus and extensive research do not support its efficacy.

It mentions that homeopaths offer various studies to prove the efficacy of homeopathy. Then it states:

“Proponents point to these studies as evidence that homeopathy can have biological effects. However, it is worth noting that the majority of these studies have not been replicated or have had methodological issues.”

“It is important to emphasize that the scientific community widely criticizes the evidence supporting homeopathy. Numerous systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and high-quality studies have consistently shown that homeopathy is no more effective than a placebo.”

“Regulatory agencies and professional medical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, have concluded that there is no reliable evidence to support the use of homeopathy as an effective medical treatment.”

All of those lies came right out of Pharma’s playbook.  Everything was misrepresented and there was no backstory about the politics of medicine, nor the grossly manipulated “studies” that attacked homeopathy.

So, what can be inferred about artificial intelligence? It will have all the prejudices and blind spots of the people who program it. Because it takes huge sums of money to create A.I., it will propagate the values of corporations and the wealthiest in society. Its political views will be in line with profit and greed.  Aside from that, it will of course lack empathy, compassion, humility and introspection.

On their website, ChatGPT suggests that you can give them feedback to help improve the program. I went back to the website and posted in their feedback area links to all the up-to-date research supporting homeopathy. I included the Swiss report affirming homeopathy as well.

I also sent them links to articles that debunked the specious studies from the Australian NHMRC, the UK Science and Technology Committee and the Shang study that had propagated outright lies about homeopathy.  Now we’ll see if ChatGPT can learn to process the truth, or if it will just parrot the propaganda it was programmed with.

 JULY 2023 In This Issue

EDITORIAL

–– LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Readers comment on the previous issue of Homeopathy for Everyone

HOMEOPATH IN THE HOT-SEAT

–– Dr. Keith Souter is interviewed by Alan V. Schmukler.

Dr. Souter is a  specialist in medical homeopathy, medical journalist, author of homeopathy books and prolific novelist of westerns, mysteries and crime stories.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION from the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy (IACH), Greece

 –– The Science of Homeopathy and Levels of Health – Viraj Shah, Seema Mahesh

 –– Kali iod: Three Cases of Different Pathologies, One Remedy – Natalia Kolomiiets

 –– Idiopathic Facial Nerve Palsy – Aaditi Lakshmana

 –– Uterine Polyps Treated Homeopathically – Sabina Negrut / Adriana Sirbu

 –– Atopic Dermatitis Managed with Classical Homeopathy – Tamara Kozymenko

 –– Digestive Issues Treated Using Levels of Health Methodology – Mansoor Shafi

 –– Migraine Treated with Classical Homeopathy – Varangkana Tongkhamsai

 –– Anaemia Associated with Depression – Case Report – Lay NeeGoay,  Aaditi Lakshmana

 –– Large Aural Haematoma in a Dog – Archana Dethe

ARTICLES

­–– The Scorpion V’s the Spike Protein – Isaac Golden

–– How I became a Homeopath – Bonnie Camo

­–– If Homeopaths Don’t Learn From their History 1847-2023 – Sue Young

­–– Veratrum Album – Edouard Broussalian

–– Drug ProvingDr. Adolphe Lippe (1812 to 1888)

­–– The Tree, the Boy and the Interconnections in Life – Caroline Durieu

–– Situational Materia Medica – The Paradigm of Clear Understanding – Kamlesh Kakde

–– Questions Patients Ask-31: Meningitis  – Elaine Lewis

–– Homeopathy Tips & Important News – Alan V. Schmukler

CLINICAL CASES

–– Bilateral Grade II Chronic Diffuse Renal Parenchymal Abnormality Cured with Homeopathy – Kavita Chandak

–– Palliative Care Provided as an End of Life SupportRekha Karnam Srinivasan

–– Atopic Dermatitis Treated with an Anti-Miasmatic Approach – Prajot N. Parmar  / Kinjal Sanghavi

–– Ovarian Cyst in a Married Woman of 47 – Divya Yadav, Ram Prasad Yadav, Vineeta Singh

–– Spina bifida in a Girl of 3 – Shyamji Rai

–– Senility in Youth – Roma Buchimensky

–– Overcoming the Effects of Bullying – Erzsébet Túrós

RESEARCH

–– More Research in Homeopathy #58 – Robert Medhurst

BOOK REVIEWS

–– The Art and Skill of Case Taking – A Practical Integration Tool –  by Dr. Shrikant Talari is reviewed by Heather Kaiser-Smith

VETERINARY

–– Ask the Holistic Vet – July 2023 – Deva Khalsa

AGRO-HOMEOPATHY

–– Ask the Plant Doctor, July 2023 – Radko Tichavsky

CARTOONS

–– FDA rips the law Alan V. Schmukler

HOMEOPATHY CROSSWORD

–– Homeopathy Crossword – July 2023 – Alan V. Schmukler

SOLVE THE CASE QUIZ

–– QUIZ – Like a Headache, But in my Face! – Elaine Lewis

–– Revisiting: SOS after Fainting – Elaine Lewis, Shana Lewis

About the author

Alan V. Schmukler

Alan V. Schmukler is a homeopath, Chief Editor of Homeopathy for Everyone and author of ”Homeopathy An A to Z Home Handbook”, (also in French, German, Greek, Polish and Portuguese). He is Hpathy’s resident cartoonist and also produces Hpathy’s Tips & Secrets column and homeopathy Crossword puzzles each month. Alan is a recipient of the National Center for Homeopathy Martha Oelman Community Service Award. Visit Alan at his website: Here.

5 Comments

  • great insight in the editorial. wasnt expecting such results in chatgpt. so the conclusion of the author is sad truth.

  • Alan, thank you for sharing. I believe that if all homoeopaths start using ChatGPT as a research tool, we will be able to train it to be less prejudiced and more knowledgeable about homoeopathy over time.

  • I already had a similar experience. I asked CHATGPT about homeopathy and got the same answers. The so called ‘intelligence’ is only as good as the information fed into it and the ‘powers that be’ have already inputted their negative propaganda. I concluded my session by inputting that the information it was fed was purely propaganda not based in truth so therefore, it could only recite back to me the incorrect propaganda!

  • Indeed. I tested it too, knowing already what would be the answer. However, it let itself be trained and it apologizes when it is evident that it made mistakes. After a long dialogue with “her”, “she” was capable of giving me a sound review on a book by Michel Schiff written in defense of homeopathy. But then when I started a new chat, she told me she did not know such book! Can you imagine, though, the power of it? We can use it to repertorize quickly; to discuss cases; to tell her why a case is confusing and get some advice. The trick is using the right prompts and be patient in training her. I had a long discussion about the links in different fields of science, philosophy of science, psychology and many others. At first, she tells you the official narrative but then gradually when you ask her to analyse the data logically, she agrees with you.

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