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Following on from a debate I had some time ago, in relation to alternative medicine (see my "Life Energy" rant) I tried to summarise the materialist view of the universe, to try and explain the reasoning behind my objection to use of the term "life energy".

It was written as a stream of consciousness and not researched or planned, so it is far from rigorous, but I think it works well enough as a rough outline, despite its many flaws. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.... I hope you're sitting comfortably, this is a long one ;-)

Polly Toynbee has written a great article titled Quackery and superstition - available soon on the NHS

"A sharp line has to be drawn between fact and fiction when it comes to spending public funds on alternative therapies".

The full article is available at:,,2236975,00.html

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