Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Opus 2023-271: Searching for the Magic Bullet

How useful is antidotal evidence?

The one that stands out to me currently is the Petersons.  Mikhaila and her father, Jordan, both were suffering from major, crippling problems.  They went on a meat-only diet and emerged from the suffering.  It’s their story and they are sticking to it.  I see no reason to doubt it.  That does not mean it will work for you.  Are accounts like this useful?

Much of the answer depends on the motive of the seeker.  If you are looking for truth, antidote can be helpful.  If you are a mercenary researcher looking for verification of your preconceived notions then it can be your bread and butter.  Just collect the stories that advance your agenda.

Based on the current corruption in scientific research I would tend to give antidotes more credit that peer reviewed studies.  I’m looking at you Climate fanatics and Covid priesthood.  In reality the deception we have seen in those two dramas are only the tip of the iceberg today and in the history of science.  Remember such nonsense as the Piltdown Man.  In my youth we had the condemnation of cyclamates with research funded by the sugar industry.  How about the coffee and chocolate yo-yos.  One day they will kill you and the next week they will heal you.  

When you look into research there are times when the results seem to verify the conclusions.  Then you look a little deeper and find that the sample base was all late-middle age, alcoholic, white males.  No women are included.  Few minorites are examined.  To top off the ignorance there is a denial that there might be differences between men and women or people of different ethnic backgrounds.  Hubris.  Arrogance.  Fear of being canceled.

I am at an age when things start to break down.  I expect to have problems.  The big question is, “Do I trust the doctor and the pharmaceutical industry that brought us the Covid vaccines or do I just trust the Lord and tough it out?”  I imagine it will be different in every case.

Keep in mind that what works for me might not work for you.  You might be unique in your response.  Someone may have coughed in the petri dish of the lab technician.  

Have a good day.

homo unius libri

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