r ranson wrote:I think the idea of good vs evil, that one food can be vilified at the expense of another becoming divine is a symptom of something deeper that's wrong with our society. We are trained to see the world in these extremes and breaking free of that good vs evil way of looking at the world is going to be hard work. But if we can do it, we can have a lot more choice in how we live our lives.
F Agricola wrote:Some interesting bits of psychology involved it that way of thinking. It can range from sheer pigheadedness through to complete irrational beliefs.
To take the ‘Margarine Effect’ literally:
Like a lot of people, I was diagnosed with unhealthy levels of cholesterol. So, the Quacks suggested I stop using saturated fat (butter) and move to so-called cholesterol reducing margarine.
Over a few years and subsequent blood tests, my levels actually went up, by a lot!
So, I went back to butter and ever-so-slightly modified my diet and voila, the blood chemistry improved dramatically.
Further discussions with the Quacks was revealing: science has changed their opinions and margarine is now considered VERY nasty shit.
So, the ‘Margarine Effect’ was overcome by questioning everything and conducting some basic experiments that have known margins of error.
To be fair, it’s important to realise that SCIENCE FACTS have a ‘use-by date’, they remain true until disproven. It is amazing how many people dismiss science altogether simply because it changes tact – everything evolves over time as knowledge is gained.