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The "Mechanics" (Quantum?) of a Placebo

Picked up a book at a local Goodwill Store, titled Science and the Near Death Experience (1). The book is divided into 2 sections. Part 1, the only part I've read so far, posits the question, Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain ?

It's "heavy" reading, - neuroscience, consciousness, physics, quantum mechanics, and the placebo effect. The Placebo Effect ? ... Never thought I'd be reading about the placebo effect in a book on the near death experience. But, there it was, in Chapter 4, "Physics and Consciousness, subsection

Phenomena Quantum Mechanical Models of Mind Can Explain
Does a dualistic, non-materialistic model of mind-brain interaction account for the observed facts better than a materialistic model? The answer is clearly yes: such a model can account for several phenomena that remain utterly inexplicable by materialism. These would include:

  • The placebo effect
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Psychic abilities, also known as psi
  • The NDE

The Placebo Effect is well known in medicine. It refers to the healing effect created by a sick person's belief that a powerful remedy has been applied when the improvement could not have been the physical result of the remedy. It should not be confused with the body's natural healing process, as it depends specifically on the patient's mental belief that a specific remedy will work. Neuro-scientist Mario Beauregard describes the well known effectiveness of placebos:

Since the 1970's, a proposed new drug's effectiveness is routinely tested in controlled studies against placebos, NOT because placebos are useless but precisely because they are so useful. Placebos usually help a percentage of patients enrolled in a control group of study, perhaps 35 to 45 percent. Thus in recent decades, if a drug's effect is statistically significant, which means that it is as least 5 percent better than a placebo, it can be licensed for use.

In 2005, New Scientist , hardly known for its support of non- materialist neural theory, listed "13 Things That Don't Make Sense", and the placebo effect was number 1 on the list. Of course, the placebo effect "doesn't make sense" if you assume that the mind either does not exist or it is powerless."

Fact or Fiction , the Placebo effect is Powerful. Check out the billion dollar Glucosamine/ Chondroitin placebo.

(1) Chris Carter, Science and the Near-Death Experience, Copyright 2010 Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont.

Yours in good health,

Frank


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