Placebos and Shams: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 2

When healing happens, what (or who) exactly, is in charge of the healing? Years ago, in Bill Moyers' 1993 publication Healing and the Mind, I came across an interview with Dr. Candace Pert in which she makes a stunning claim.  She told Moyers that in multiple personality disorders, it could be shown that within the same …

Thinking about The Placebo Effect

I don't know much about this, really, but in reading about the brain, science, and belief, it seems clear that somehow human beings are made to be people of faith.   I don't necessarily mean people of religious faith (although I think were made for that, too...the imago dei, and all that).  I mean that we …