Of ‘Placebo Effects’ & Other Forms of Self-Deception
by Bodwyn Wook
SOMEONE Referred to the ‘placebo effect’ in one of the English web logs this last week, with reference to the efficacy of some chiropractic method or other not congruent with some other commentors’ personal intellectual orientations and modes of perception.
Seriously, ‘placebo effect’ is, well, pretty null semantically; such chatter is a function first and last of belief and opinion; and the rivalry of conditioning systems: and, ‘na’ doot abaout THET!’ as the Presbyterian said to the non-juror. ‘Placebo’ in short is objectively about on all fours with ‘professional’, certainly as to any real meaning: it is one of these memes one must be careful of being sucked into using uncritically.
‘Thet’ said, the big thing here in the US at least about chiropractic, is that it is to-day crying out to Heaven, to get in the queue for the The Big Suck, too, just in case a national health ’system’ ever does come along. Indeed, in Minnesota at least in palmier times the Chinese-style needle-doctors were grazing the public and, thus increasingly nibbled-bare, medical commons, also!
So one expects expects that the de-bunking ax-grinders are really probably generally motivated similarly, especially since the prebendary state teat is necessarily running dry and it is become now a matter of rationing scarcity. Gangs and relays of these hatter-mad AMA & NHS medical quacks and psychotic resentful allopaths, sociopaths and other bull-shitters, all shortly shall be ravaging the chiropratic bagnios of Old Mankato and Chipping Norton with flailing stethoscopes and colonoscopy tubes jetting fire….
THE Professional effect, you see….
Now…that’s objective and it means something, and it’s something no-good by the way. That’s a real thing, and it’s a bad thing — and we should exert the, alas, placebo effect of the individual vote against it at every point of the compass!
[Bodwyn Wook all rights reserved 29 May 2009]