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Sunday, 30 September 2012

TC - stay away from vaping! We're OK.

Probably the best summary on "Self fulfilling prophecies". is from Wikipedia. Wikipedia is very useful for us ordinary mortals for checking basic facts - even if it is sneered at by the knowledge elite.

Wikipedia says "A self-fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behaviour."

Is it any different from the placebo/nocebo effect?

We already know that placebo is powerful and that nocebo is equally as powerful but in a negative way  - from Wikipedia - "Nocebo responses are not chemically generated and are due only to the subject's pessimistic belief and expectation that the inert drug will produce negative consequences."

The banner on my not so inert Natural American Spirit Tobacco used to assure me that "Smoking seriously harms you and others around you" and also (in LARGE BLACK LETTERS) that "Smoking Kills". The very old people I know who smoke, did most of their smoking in the years when such  blatant subliminals were not fired at at their subconscious minds every time they smoked. They even believed it did them some good - and pleasure-wise maybe it did. Pleasure is strong medicine.

It would be interesting to know if death by smoking and smoking related illnesses increased when the minds of smokers started to be manipulated by such notices. Might it become worse if we are given pictures of how are bodies are expected to look if we carry on with our disgusting habit? We might produce that which we see.

Do we have the right to legally challenge our governments for exacerbating the damage we do to ourselves by the self fulling prophecies they inflict us with?

If I died as instructed to on my tobacco product, can my heirs sue Tobacco Control for causing my death prematurely?

Thank god there are no such criminal notices on my vaping products - I prefer vaping to smoking just for that!