Dipping a toe in the muddied waters of authoritarian superstition and pseudoscience

"The spread of pseudoscience can kill, and that's exactly why we should be doing more to spread understanding of the scientific method, to equip others to apply scepticism in the face of extraordinary claims." (https://phys.org/news/2015-06-pseudoscience-conspiracy-theory-victimless-crimes.html) 

It's not just the dodgy science that worries me it is the deliberate manufacturing of falsehoods parading as religion, or alt religion, or I-cant-believe-it's-not-religion. Most of my life has been subject to various maladies, those not actual physical trauma are emotional or intellectual trauma, all of which can be attributed to hypnotic suggestion (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8514466). I have no qualms about hypnosis being effective or that it can be applied to 100% of the population some of the time. But you can't fool all the people all of the time.

The conservative estimate is that 15% of the population is highly hypnotisable - goes easily into trance. 70% of the population is moderately hypnotisable. And 15% are resistant to hypnosis. First postulated by Hans Eysenck in the 1950s this was tested again in the 1990s by Amanda Barnier at UNSW who confirmed the original estimates. One can presume the targets were WEIRD (https://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/05/weird) so that might introduce a bias, other research shows similar conclusions.

All those quack fake healers are simply dealing with hypnotically suggestion. Curing the hypnotic spells and suggestions cast by other humans (that they probably trusted) (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/BF03379923.pdf). Why this is not openly repeated and is just an open secret defies logic until you apply the concept of taboo and the separation of the sacred and profane world views that artificially demark ardent, true believers from skeptical scientists, and the rich oligarchs and kleptocrats from the Maynard Keynes' "boorish mud" (https://ecommons.luc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4355&context=luc_diss, p 135).

As for "exalting the fish above the mud" we have now come to realise that all life depends upon the life within the mud, that a teaspoon of that mud harbours millions of life forms that go to make up the ecosystems upon which all life depends (https://www.soils4teachers.org/biology-life-soil). So much for grand pronouncements and dodgy metaphors.

Maybe we should blame the skeptical scientists (https://www.physiciansweekly.com/the-growth-in-magic-anti-science-behavior-is-on-the-rise-gaining-ground/) for divorcing mind, body and spirit, or as I call it society. If collective consciousness and collective unconscious has any place in healing then it also has a place in inflicting disease, usually for fun and profit.

With the sleep of reason... (https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/211.1978/).


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