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Aug 11th 2012 at 12:54:45 AM •••

this is wrong - placebo effect is not mind overmatter. The placebo effect is scientists way of eliminating all effects except what is being studied. EG if someone is put in a wieghtloss trial and given an inert pill and lose weight, it could be:

  • better eating becausethey are now important
  • better eating because they are getting weighed more often
  • burning calories walking to trial

not mind over matter

Jul 25th 2011 at 8:21:10 AM •••

Is this in any way distinct from the Magic Feather trope, which already has plenty of examples?

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