Science Delusions 12/21/20

I started a day or two of carnivore. Steak for breakfast feels wrong and gross, but I went with it. I wanted a glass of milk. Maybe some popcorn. And a lot of stuff that I don’t even normally want. Thus is the nature of restrictive diets: suddenly everything seems so delicious.

I’m attempting to get better at really inhabiting that hunger, or that urge to satisfy. It’s a superpower, if you can manage it. Humans are at the mercy of their particular wants.

Anyway, I was watching YouTube while I ate my breakfast steak, and came across this show called The Doctors. It’s gross trash TV. I’d seen a clip a few days ago with the “Snake Diet” guy, and watched the Doctors absolutely trash his “pseudoscience.”

“Pseudoscience” that suggests there can be health benefits to fasting. Go figure.

Then I saw it happen again, this time with Dr. Saladino. I’m a big fan of his research into tons of studies pertaining to a carnivore diet. Watch how this goes when he guests on this garbage show.

You see what they do, first thing? Go after the particular type of credentials he has. He isn’t a nutritionist, they say, so he has no room to speak on matters of nutrition. This is a technical cop-out, and it is massively classist and anti-autodidact. Indeed people can learn things without the aid of a university system, if they decide to read and understand enough.

Of course, I wouldn’t want someone performing brain surgery on me if they hadn’t put in the time at medical school, but when it comes to actually understanding brain surgery, I would believe that you could understand the principles just fine. Maybe you could even operate on a fake brain to prove it. Brain surgery, like being an electrician, is a matter of being in the field for years to understand all the ins and outs of a crazy electrical system.

There is a level of offense that all of these credentialed doctors have that strikes me as very human. No one wants to spend nearly a decade of their life (and a shitload of money) going to school for something that this guy taught himself for the cost of a JSTOR subscription. They don’t debate him on the science (or maybe they do, I turned it off after three minutes), they debate his very right to have an opinion on the matter.

I’ve noticed this when it comes to a particular current event. The Thing That Shall Not Be Named. Let’s say you have someone who disagrees with one of the Cathedral’s Main Tenets. First, you attack the credentials. If they’ve ever been reprimanded for something, you start with that. Secondly, you go after their field of medicine. Is this a virology question? Well, you’re an epidemiologist. And vice versa.

Finally, even if they are exactly qualified (as physicians or whatever), the internet will dig into their past and find out that they voted Republican once or they have a blog from ten years ago where they say maybe tomatoes cure cancer. Done.

The issue is you’re only very rarely going to find a prominent scientist who disagrees with the dogma, because most of them got there by believing the dogma even harder than those around them. I recently wrapped up an episode of No Country (it’ll drop on Wednesday) about the great and powerful Dr. Rupert Sheldrake. His 2013 TED Talk was removed by the CEO himself, because RS’s ideas were so heretical. Check it out:

And finally, I’ll leave you with this great, short essay by Reverend Danny Nemu on why he doesn’t trust the pharmaceutical industry to be honest when it comes to vaccines. Read this very carefully. I know you all have this image in your head of insane anti-vaxx moms infecting schools with measles and shit (which does happen), but try to really think about what Nemu is saying here. I trust you to be able to do that. You’re a grown up.

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