[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Tue Oct 8 23:04:55 BST 2019

On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 3:03 PM Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

> A society can try that of course, but more money will always have access
> to more resources, so while society may have medical care as basic
> universal human rights, the rich people will *always* have even better
> medical care.

Quite wrong, Mr. Lynx.  "Failure to Thrive" was once much more common among
infants born to the rich than to the poor.  Doctors did more and more to
prevent it, resorting to ever-more extreme interventions, and the problem
kept getting worse.  Turns out that infants need a certain amount of touch
and handling, or they're programmed to self-destruct, because if the
caregiver is under so much stress that their infant can't be handled
adequately total survival is maximized by the infant's death.   The doctors
had been isolating the infants of those who could afford premium care, even
to the point of putting them in separate cubicles, and without realizing it
had activated a biological program they didn't understand or recognize.
The poor, who couldn't afford 'quality' care, did notably better, because
the condition was iatrogenic.

Doctors are not trained to reason, and they are expected to absorb far more
information than they could verify even if they wished to.  So as a
psychological defense, they believe they possess expertise and insist that
their beliefs are justified and empirically supported - whether they can
actually justify them, or whether they're supported, or not.

Matt G.

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