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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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Psychosomosis

"Psychosomosis: Curing and Causing Disease with the Mind" by Vexen Crabtree (2008)

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Hmmm, well I know that is true.

Many years ago when I was feeling bad and had all kinds of bad thoughts, I thought I'd try a self help book.

I looked at the poor selection in WHSmiths and there was a catoony one called being happy by Andrew Mathews. I read it, tried out some of the ideas and was pleased with the results. I recommend the book to anyone (and given it has sold something like 6 million copies, it is a very popular choice).

this is one of my key areas of intrest - how exciting to see you looking into it. I've done a lot on reading and considering of this area and there is some seriously interesting stuff. Increasingly, my picture of a human is something with body and mind much more integrated and entwined.

One example I came across was in a book I was reading on stress and health. The effect of the mind on body is so powerful it can even result in death. eg examples of people who believed they had a voodoo curse on them which was going to result in their death really did just lie in their hospital bed and pass away - check out this page. The same people can be cured if they believe someone genuinally lifts the curse from them.

there's a guy at the uni looking into hypnosis - only around 1 in 10 people are highly hypnotisable but again, it's incredible the effects that can be generated here through suggestion.

I've just acquired a biofeedback PC game as a bit of fun to have a go with practicing getting into meditative like relaxation states too.

interesting work, thanks!

Where are you these days?


ps also interesting link here is the placebo effect. I went to a talk by a pharmacologist, and she said that drugs companies are well aware of this and hence a lot of research money goes into finding the right shape and colour to make the pills to best harness this effect. I agreed with her notion that actually the placebo effect accounts for a substantial proportion of all therapies, drugs, operations and so on.

if we could really get a grasp on how this works, or at least find methods to make use of it, it would be amazing.

I wrote an essay once on how I could not accept stigmata as evidence that the Christian god actually exists. Can't remember if you read it or not?

No I haven't; still got it to hand then?

Not at the moment (still in Wales presently) but once I'm back at my own desk I'll look up the link for you.

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I've added a section on psychoimmunology, and a load more, and rewritten much of the rest, if you're interested!

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