Peg O’Conner in the New York Times relates her battle with alcoholism to Plato’s famous allegory. Addiction is the right word for those who return, who need, the Cave and the shadows on its wall to be their reality:
In various scenarios of addiction, the addicted person’s fixation on a shadow reality — one […]
Fertility, depression, Parkinson’s, fitness, hunger levels, pain, and asthma are a few of the things the inert wonder drug can help treat.
Why did the placebo work—even after patients were told they weren’t getting real medicine? Expectations play a role, Dr. Kaptchuk says. Even more likely is that patients were conditioned to a positive […]
The placebo effect is well known. Tell someone, “Hey, this pill will make your headache go away” and, though the pill is just a sugar pill and has no pain mediating qualities, will indeed make the headache go away in some small percentage of the population. The placebo effect is the power of suggestion […]
Rahul K. Parikh at Salon’s blog PopRx (orly?) asks if we should take the Limitless pill. He dredges up two crappy arguments that are made over and over. 1) It might make some people better than others! 2) There might be side-effects!
These are not arguments. They can be applied to literally any technology […]
My latest Science Not Fiction post addresses the “My body, my choice” mantra in relationship to transhumanism. Somatic rights and the freedom of bodily determination are at stake:
Because you have the right to do something, you are also responsible for the results of that decision. For example, if you choose to do drugs, […]
Two Democratic senators, Sens. Charles Schumer of New York (whom I will be voting against as soon as I can) and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have decided to do what congressmen do best and try to fix something by breaking it to death. Silk Road, an online site where illicit substances can be purchased […]
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