Name of the Book: Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
At first this book might seem intimidating because it talks about “medicine”, but hey come on. If alternative medicine practitioners who base their medicine concepts on flimsy scientific ground are not scared, then you should be not.
This book mostly deals with 3 most frequent and yet unproven alternative medicine - acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. The book started with the explanation of bloodletting and how it killed the first President of United States. It showed that the practitioners were extremely resistant to any criticism of their methods and refused to accept any evidence that bloodletting harms the patients. Back before modern “evidence based medicine” arrived, doctors did more harm than good. Those who were treated by doctors has lower chances of living than those who were left untreated. Why? Most of the medicine were based on personal experience of the doctor and not based on real conclusive evidence or clinical trial which perfectly explains the alternative medicine of our time.
I had a serious interest in homeopathy after being treated with it when I acquired jaundice in 2004. Good luck I went to a “real” doctor the next day and finally the dangerous condition was brought under control. If you are really bored with reading the fine details of criticism of homeopathy, then I would suggest you the amazing debunking of homeopathy from well known skeptic and rationalist James Randi
If you manage to read the book, the only thing you would think is “Why do people go for alternative medicine?”. If you as my anecdote, then it seems like “medicine” has failed us in one aspect by being too open and being honest. People don’t want unsettling truths, they want comforting lies. If I got common cold, then my “medicine” doctor would just give me some cough syrup or throat pain relief knowing that my condition would improve in a few days. This results in disappointment that my doctor is not able to cure me or “medicine” does not have a cure. Being honest backfires. An “alternative medicine” doctor would take full advantage of it and give me lots of “alternative medicines” which might make me feel that they have the cure for my cold. They might ask me to visit again after a week if my cold persists. You might not come back after a week because most probably your cold would have gone by then. Regular people’s failure to de-couple co-relation and causation is one of the foundation on which “alternative medicine” thrives.
I was reading Carl Sagan’s book “Cosmos” where he mentioned the difficulties of contacting alien civilizations far out in space. This chapter minded me of the movie named “Contact” based on Sagan’s book called “Contact” which has Jodi Foster as the lead role.
The movie shows Jodi as a SETI enthusiast scientist. She managed to receive radio signal from alien civilization which contains Hitler’s speech in a Nazi Rally in 1936 Olympic Games, which had been probably intercepted and transmitted back to earth. There were fears whether the aliens would be benevolent of malevolent and whether we are risking ourselves by trying to contact them?
In Sagan’s book Cosmos, he mentioned the basic reason for our fears:
It is pointless to worry about the possible malevolent intentions of an advanced civilization with whom we might make contact.
Perhaps our fears about extraterrestrial contact are merely a projection of our own backwardness, an expression of our guilty consciousness about our past history.
We might become a space faring race one fine day. It has been theorized that the aliens with whom we make contact would be peaceful and benevolent otherwise they would have destroyed themselves with perpetual war and thus stopped themselves from becoming a space-faring race. Or maybe, humanity is going to prove it otherwise.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus in his book: Banker to the Poor.
Page 248. ISBN: 9781586481988
I recently finished reading 1984 once again. This time I made sure to take nodes on my Kindle for the best thought provoking, jaw-dropping of just plain scary ones
About re-writing history:
Who controls the past, ‘ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of though? In the end we shall make though crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
Lack of critical thinking. Conservative and orthodox thinking:
Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
I am at loss of words how to explain this one:
The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and Ministry of Plenty with starvation
Sadly, even in the current free world, sex is still a taboo. Women are still treated like procreation machines. They don’t have reproductive rights. A woman’s sexual instincts can ruin her life even in 21st century, even if parts of her private life gets leaked.
The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like renewal of ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm.
If you have watched Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), then you would remember a scene in Season 1 Episode 1 “33” where the cylons keeps coming back every 33 minutes. The reason for this duration is not known, but during one of the jumps, they lost a civilian ship named Olympic Carrier.
When the word came that Olympic Carrier has been lost, President Roslin was heart broken to have lost over 1000 people (1,345 people to be exact). If the missing ship was not a surprise, the Cylons did not arrive again after 33 minutes, but what surfaced was the Olympic Carrier. Everyone was congratulating each other.
Commander Adama sent raptors and vipers to escort the ship. Next, one of the scientists asserted that the Olympic Carrier was compromised and they should keep distance. Adama buys into it and asks the vipers and raptors to cut off any communication with the ship and relay the message to stop for inspection. Starbuck and Apollo end up blowing the ship.
Later in the series Apollo shows his regret for blowing up the ship containing over 1000 people. It was indeed an emotional experience. Having blood on your hand is not something everyone can live by, but the circumstances which led to blowing up the ship was not really difficult.
- The ship refused the order to stop moving towards the other ships. The message was very clear as per colonial protocols.
- Even after the warning shots were fired, the pilot did not stop the ships. This can lead us to believe us that the compromised Olympic Carrier wanted to blow up rest of the ships like a suicide mission.
- When Apollo was flying besides the ship, he could not see anyone inside the ship. Maybe the cylons removed all the people aboard the ship?
- Lastly, the ship set off radiological alarm which signifies nuclear weapon aboard the ship. Nuclear weapons on a civilian ship?
First, the whole existence of humanity was at stake. If the Olympic Carrier was able to come close to the fleet and blow up the nuclear weapons, humanity’s story would have been over. I am not really into violence and would have wanted a peaceful outcome of this issue, but given that all the odds were against Olympic Carrier in this standoff, I won’t blame the Commander for issuing the order to destroy the ship. We take decisions based on the current known information. We cannot make decisions based on something which we are going to know in the future.