You may recall that Steve has been criticizing a certain homeopath named John Benneth for his incredible flights of–shall we say?–fancy used in defending homeopathy. As a result, Mr. Benneth (whose website is called The Science of Homeopathy) has produced a series of amazing videos that he’s posted on YouTube. Although we have a very serious mission here at SBM, we are not without a sense of humor, and that’s why we thought our readers might be interested in the sorts of commentary we have received in response to some of our efforts. The first video is called HOMEOPATHY: Jew of Nazi Medicine:

Note how Benneth likens the criticism of his pseudoscience to the persecution of Jews by the Nazis. When you see something like this, you know that Godwin’s Law has been thoroughly invoked. The second video is just as outrageous and probably NSFW given that it drops the N-word. Don’t play it if that offends you. You have been warned:

You heard it right. In this one, Mr. Benneth compares Steve’s criticism of his discussions of homeopathy to the breaking of an “uppity slave” by a slave breaker.

I have to admit that I’m a bit envious here. Steve gets all the best crank attacks directed at him for his efforts. It’s not as though a certain particularly insolent fellow hasn’t also had his fun with John Benneth’s woo-ful description of “how homeopathy works.” It’s also not as though I haven’t had some fun with certain homeopaths on this very blog.

Oh, well. I guess that, as number two, I’ll just have to try harder in the future. (I guess I’ll always have J. B. Handley.) In any case, one almost has to wonder if Benneth’s second video is a joke, given that it was posted on April Fools’ Day. What I fear is that it is not, although I do like his playing around with camera techniques and special effects in this one.



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