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DAUGHTER: Let‘s turn it around. Is there anything that doctors do that isn‘t a placebo? FATHER: Hmm. Well, on my last go-round with established medicine, I ended up one rib short two ribs, as it happens, since they took the first one a few years ago you should have seen my surgeon‘s surprise when I told him I was one down already. They do indeed cut and dose with chemicals that have predictable or partly predictable material effects. But the problem still remains of how those sequences of cause and effect fit into and interact with the much more complicated Creatural sequences . I‘ve come to the conclusion that the only way to make sense of my own hospitalization is to see that it all worked as one gigantic placebo. The surgical boys went in and gave me a diagnosis of inoperable cancer right on top of my superior vena cava, but that was only part of the story, because Kommentar [d17]: See notion of “cheating” in previous metalogue Kommentar [d18]: In other words if the mind plays ho role, how can the effect of a placebo be different when patients are told that it‟s just a sugar pill? The mind can therefore play at least a negative role in neutralizing the effect of a placebo that would otherwise “work” in 30% of the cases. Hence mind is a contributing factor and as real as the medicine. Why then would one exclude possible positive effects with the mind being tuned differently? GB uses some kind of negative proof here. Still, he died of cancer before he could finish Angel’s Fear , which presumably he would have liked to have done. Apparently, GB as proponent of conspicuous alternative medicine could not “tune in “himself … Is this why he so insists on the importance of these processes remaining unconscious? Kommentar [d19]: Still, they may not work! (Would this constitute a lie, then?) After all, GB died of cancer before he could finish Angel’s Fear , which presumably he would have liked to have done. Apparently, the conspicuous techniques didn‟t work for him. Remember that GB always insisted on the importance of such processes remaining unconscious let not thy left hand know etc … Could he have thought too much about them, thereby losing his ability to “tuning in“ himself?
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although ―nothing could be done,‖ a great deal happened and I was going strong eighteen months later. I was, I fear, a rather conspicuous patient not quite conventional. I created a satisfactory diet: very good port wine and Stilton cheese; soft-boiled eggs and avocado; fruit I remember some excellent mangos. And all those good things supplemented by the routine hospital meals. When you‘re terminal, nobody restricts your diet. And then I was busy giving unofficial bedside seminars to the medical staff, in which subjects I don‘t now remember – I guess a mixture of life and death, anthropology and cybernetics, and so on.
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