Would rather not know

Question of The Day January 14, 2013 ~ You Would Rather Not Know

Are there things that you would rather not know?

Lots of things, mostly personal stuff about other people’s lives.

When it comes to the rest of reality, no – I’m open to whatever reality contains.

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Hi Andrew

The things to get about all scientific “knowledge” is that it is all (without exception) probability based, and thus, there is always a finite (if small) probability that the likely outcome will not happen.

There are many other factors in terms of individuals making errors etc.

Thus, it is always up to us as individuals what we do with the probability functions that others give us.

I can understand a reluctance to be in certain environments.

After I was diagnosed terminal I had to stop going to our local medical centre, as it was demoralising to see the looks on the faces of the doctors and nurses there (some of them very good friends) that made it very clear that they thought I was very close to death. It was very hard to maintain an attitude that I was going to beat the cancer in the face of such strongly held beliefs, so it was easiest for me just not to go there.

Yet at the same time, it was my knowledge of science and the underlying nature of scientific knowledge that allowed me to be certain that there was possibility of life present, even in such a dire diagnosis. It was that knowledge of just how serious the situation was, that gave me the mental strength to do what I did, and give up all of the “comfort foods” in my life, and radically alter all aspects of my diet.

Without that knowledge, I doubt I could have gone through what I went through.

The withdrawal symptoms, of simultaneously giving up sugar, caffeine, alcohol, meat, refined foods, foods cooked in oils – all the things I loved about food – were substantial. Those first 4 months were not pleasant, and it was only the deep understanding of scientific knowledge that gave me the strength of will to get through it.

A deep understanding of science gives a deep understanding that life is always full of possibility, and nothing is ever 100% certain. And stuff happens.

So for me, the more information I have, the greater the possibilities that occur to me.

For me, genetics is not a determinant of our future, it is an influence, and a set of tendencies, and it is rarely more than half the story.

When it comes to people, with our neural networks connected to every part of our body and influencing all aspects of our systems, what we believe affects everything within us.

So a big yes to possibility, and also a huge YES to science – as in real probability based science, not the hard beliefs of many science neophytes.

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Hi Andrew

Agree with all you say.

The medical diagnosis for my form of cancer is that it is incurable and terminal. In my own mind, I am confident that I have it under control at present, and I am symptom free.

I am hopeful that medical science will get to a point of having a complete cure before symptoms reappear.

My brother also has PD. He is 72 and coping amazingly well.

We need to start moving society beyond thinking in terms of money, and starting to think in terms of real abundance, very soon. That should result in many medical breakthroughs that will not happen in a market based model.

That will require many changes, which some will find hard to accept.

Limiting reproduction rates (as distinct from rates of sexual intercourse) will be a necessity. I’m leading by example in having a vasectomy after the birth of my second child.

And yes – one has to be very aware of tendencies to psychosomatic conditions – Sarno’s mind-body stuff is particularly relevant in that respect.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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