the question of products we label as 'snake oil'.
well, i think that the first problem is that we label them at all.
this creates a certain prejudice before anything at all is known about the product.
there it is again, the label 'product'. this connotates that it is something to buy.
ok, in most cases it is, but that alone puts it into a sceptical light for the most of us.
i am sceptical of science in general.
i am not saying that it is not good, but it has made no aadvancements in and of itself in a very very long time.
if scientists are so good and knowledgable, why are there none questioning the institution of science anymore?
to say the least, when a claim of 'there is no scientific evidence to support....blah blah blah' it is not taken seriously by me at all.
it is a diversion, that is all. most turn off their scepticism at this point so it is a good sales technique.
Since you are in CH, why don't you argue this point with a friend of mine in Lausanne who does research into new drukqs to treat cancer patients and prevent body wasting in HIV infected people? He will tell that science is ALL we have, the rest is hogwash.
Obviously not the same as our field of interest but still, basic data collection, verification thereoff, and then establishing what x does in y based on that data should be part of all processes used to develop a produt.
And yes, we call it a product. Simply because if someone markets and manufacturs this and then goes out to physically sell it, it's a product.
Especially if it' s done with the view to MAKE MONEY.
So if I understand your post correctly, I respectfully disagree. If I missed the point, feel free to tell me so, I am not at risk of ever winning a Nobel prize so I am happy to be told that I am wrong.....
Unless it comes to fuses :D