Astonishing medical ‘news’ is published every day. That’s how researchers try to attract funds for their laboratories. You never really know if it’s incompetence or greed that makes for the nonsensical ‘breakthroughs.’
Scientists were now able to give mice memories that never happened. Not.
Remember Pavlov? Give a dog food while a bell rings. After some time, the dog starts expecting food when the bell rings.
You’re forgiven if you never heard of Coué. Just repeat positive statements (“I’m healthy and I will stay healthy”) and that will be the end of misery.
But remember B. F. Skinner? He claimed that humans are programmable animals and we just needed to learn to program humanity towards responsibility and productivity (and obedience) and all would be great.
All these methods died a lone death in a forgotten corner of human psychology. Or so I thought. Only to find them revived from time to time.
Here’s the newest resurrection of defunct theory: “Israeli researchers manipulate memories in mice, say could apply to humans,” swallowed whole by an uneducated journalist and spit in our face.
This time, they did not ring a bell. They first tried to coincide stomach ache to teach the mice that a sweet food was not good for them. Then they excited the displeasure brain area when giving the food to ‘remind’ the mice that that this food is not pleasant.
There is nothing new under the sun, the Hebrew Bible already reminds us. No, this creation is just as useless as all its older family members.
In unrelated ‘news,’ a computer program can now calculate entropy easily.
That is amazing for most people who have no idea what entropy is. But it’s just the term physicists use for disorder. In this case what is aimed for is not even knowing the disorder but rather to calculate what is the path of least resistance for a complex molecule to fold up.
Since the objective is to impress and not inform readers, we’re not taught what’s truly going on. Bad journalism just parrots the starving researchers.