RE: virus: truth, science, and the American way

Dan Plante (
Mon, 07 Apr 1997 00:10:29 -0700

At 12:31 PM 4/1/97 -0800, Richard Brodie wrote:
>Reed wrote:
>>Now, if you are talking about "placebo effect", that's true...
>>but not as significant in support of your thoughts, I think.
>Coming up with examples where "positive thinking" doesn't help does
>nothing to refute the thesis that belief drives behavior which in turn
>drives results.

Neither does that thesis address the observation that the efficacy
of the results, more often than not, shapes the beliefs. Again, I
believe this is a case of using an exception to elevate a point
of view over a general rule.