Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Medical research tries to mess with our brain instead of that of laboratory mice

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.

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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.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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