Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Wed Jan 16 2002 - 03:51:45 GMT

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    >The placebo effect is what it is. Nothing. If one's culture
    >dresses up nothing in some ersatz ritual or treatment, fine and
    >dandy. It is not my culture, and very little folk medicine is
    >worthwhile for me, since the placebo effect is useless to me.
    >Incidently, the original theory behind acupuncture and most of
    >TCM is that the blood vessels (which they only ever saw empty
    >and dry in cadavers) carried air, this so-called 'qi' or 'chi'
    >or whatever the hell it is.
    >At any rate, there is no valid mechanism for TCM, beyond
    >cultural acceptance, gullibility, and false reasoning.

    I thought that was what we were talking about why people accept it. No one
    is asking you to accept it. I've tried it and I don't accept it. It didn't
    work for me. I've noticed, though, that the number of people it does work
    for seems about the same as the number who are susceptable to hypnosis
    (which also doesn't work on me).


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