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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 46 (In which I click publish before thinking of a title)

January 11, 2019

I really do have some other posts in the pipeline; some good ones, even. But for now, it’s back to Lipton Central.

Incredibly we’ve made it to Chapter Five. This is an average of about two and a half pages per post, with each post being about 1500 words. This adds up to about 65,000 words, or a book of about 270 pages. That includes the quotations from Lipton, but he has only written 33,000 in his entire book so far. I have written probably two thirds more just correcting the worst and stupidest errors, than he has so far.

We are on page 120, but the book actually started on page 10. The first ten pages were filled with acknowledgements. I decided not to burden readers with any of these, but I will note now that it includes the following:

The Muses of Science: I am indebted to the spirits of science, for I am fully aware that forces outside of myself have guided me in bringing this message to the world. Special blessings to my heroes, Jean-Baptiste de Monet de Lamarck and Albert Einstein, for their world-changing spiritual and scientific contributions.

Lamarck does not deserve Lipton’s blessings. He suffered enough in his life. And Lipton did him the insult of mistakenly attributing some of Darwin’s ideas to him. As for associating himself with Einstein, we recall that Lipton’s four or five attempts at saying what E=mc2 means (in the simplest of terms) all failed.

As for the “external forces” that guided Lipton in “bringing his message tot he world”, all I can do is ask them what exactly his message is. I can’t make head or tail of it, and I hope they think a little more carefully before they do something like this again.

And with a deep breath, we dive into the foaming sludge that is Chapter 5: Biology and Belief.

We can quickly skip through the opening story. In 1952 a certain Dr Albert Mason used hypnosis to treat a boy who had warts. The warts went away, and then Mason heard that the boy had been suffering from an incurable genetic condition called ichthyosis.

Everyone was excited, and Mason gained an entire career out of it, but he couldn’t cure anyone else suffering from it; nor from anything much else. Lipton explains his subsequent failure as being due to expectation creating a different attitude, which doesn’t work for healing incurable genetic illnesses. He does not consider the freaking goddam obvious, that the boy’s initial diagnosis had been mistaken.

But let’s be generous and allow the hypothetical miracle to stand. What advancements followed from it? Zip. Zero. Nada. Why not? Nobody in the alternative health industry — not a soul — has even bothered to try to find out. They have been too busy babbling about their one success. Who needs proof, after all, when you’ve got a good marketing department instead?

By reversing the symptoms using “only” the power of the mind, Mason and the boy had accomplished what had until that time been considered impossible.

But it is still considered impossible, as no one bothered to check if that’s really what happened, or even granting it was a remarkable cure, how exactly it worked. This does not occur to Lipton who is still too busy babbling about it 50 yeas later to even think about that.

How is it possible that the mind can override genetic programming, as it did in the case above? The New Biology suggests some answers to those questions.

Ah, I stand corrected! This book is supposed to be the foundation stone of the New Biology, so what’s he got?

We saw in the last chapter that matter and energy are entangled.

Factual error #1: we did not see that in the last chapter.

Factual error #2: they are not entangled.

The logical corollary….

….of a stupid pig-ignorant error will be further stupid pig-ignorant errors. To wit:

….is that the mind (energy) and body (matter) are similarly bound…

Okay, I was wrong. Lipton has thrown in a few extra pig-ignorant errors that are not logical corollaries.

Let me just take a moment to say something out loud and transcribe it here: what a fucking idiot this Lipton is.

He refers here, clearly and specifically and unequivocally and non-metaphorically to “energy” — the concept from physics. And he equates it with mind. Let that sink in.

His equally stupid and dangerous but less educated colleague Rhonda Byrne thinks that gravity and love are literally the same things. Now Lipton thinks that mind and energy are the same things.

What an idiot. What a stupid idiot. What a fool.

And the sentence is still wobbling on down the track.

…though Western medicine has tried valiantly to separate them for hundreds of years.

What does Lipton mean by this? Modern science would perhaps be better characterised as trying to unify body and mind, surely.

In the seventeenth century, Rene Descartes dismissed the idea that the mind influences the physical character of the body.

Excuse me? What? I haven’t read Descartes closely. Maybe he has some writings about this, but Lipton doesn’t mention any.

I can only assume that Lipton has completely misunderstood Descartes, who actually said the complete opposite of this. He did have soul and body separate, and saw the body as a machine, in a quite literal sense. He also indeed saw the soul as entirely immaterial and separate. But he claimed the soul could influence the body via the pineal gland, which he believed was anatomically suspended on fine threads, and so could resonate with the subtle winds of the spirit.

The anatomy of the pineal gland reveals no such threads, and the search for the ‘seat of soul’ in the brain continued for a few hundred years more. (Indeed some serious neuroscientists are still looking for it.)

Funnily, however, the idea of the pineal gland was attractive and marketable enough for it to be picked up by Madam Blavatsky in the mid 1800s and adopted into the canon of theosophy, where it was associated with the 6th chakra. It is still popular today in New Age spiritual teachings as well, despite being derived from the hated materialist, Descartes.

Descartes’ notion was that the physical body was made out of matter and the mind was made out of an unidentified, but clearly immaterial substance.

Yep. A passably factual statement. Goodness me.

Because he couldn’t identify the nature of the mind, Descartes left behind an irresolvable philosophical conundrum: since only matter can affect matter, how can an immaterial mind be “connected” to a material body?

Completely wrong. Descartes proposed a very fancy and complicated psychology for the nature of the soul and how it converts non-physical thoughts into physical actions. (See above.)

Lipton seems to be making this up. And why the hell is he even talking about Descartes anyway, for god’s sake? The problem of how the mind influences the body arises for anyone who rejects the idea that the mind arises from the brain, and assumes it is separate.

Scientists spent very many centuries looking for parts of the brain that are sensitive to the influence of the soul: from Galenic/Arabic thinkers who thought the soul resides in the brain’s ventricles, to modern neuroscientists like John Eccles, who thought it was the cerebrum.

If Lipton wants to reject dualism, he’d be better off picking a more recent proponent than Descartes.

But does this horribly confused lunatic even intend to reject dualism? He seems to be advocating it, and arguing that two separate entities — mind and matter — are tangled up with each other.

We’ll have to take another run at that sentence.

Because he couldn’t identify the nature of the mind…

Lipton forgets that he also can’t identify the nature of the mind. Or, rather assumes or implies that he has the answer, and that his answer evades the inevitable dualist conundrum.

Lipton as we just saw, thinks the mind “is energy”, and thinks that this statement not only means something, but means something that is somehow “implied” by quantum physics.

I think that for Lipton’s readers, the term “energy” is a bit like the term “God” for Christians. It means whatever you want it to mean, and as long as we just stick to using the word without saying what we actually mean by it, all will be well. But that is not science.

Descartes left behind an irresolvable philosophical conundrum…

It is only irreconcilable if you assume that mind is independent of the body and acts upon it as an external agent.

…since only matter can affect matter, how can an immaterial mind be “connected” to a material body?

Lipton’s mistake here is that he implies that modern science does not accept that “energy” can affect matter. And that science therefore rejects the idea that “mind” (which Lipton thinks “is energy”) can affect the matter of the body.

The reason for biologists making this supposed error, is because they supposedly reject quantum physics, which would have told them that mind/energy are ENTANGLED with matter/body.

As he said at the end of the previous chapter, he is prepared to drag biologists “kicking and screaming” into the new quantum era. There they will apparently be forced to consult the physics text books and read up on entanglement, and learn that mind and body are ENTANGLED.

There, I have summed up one of the main arguments in this book. {Makes first movement of patting self on back but gives up before hand leaves table.}

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 45 (Chapter 4 concludes. Or stops suddenly)

January 10, 2019

In the previous post we saw Lipton seeming to invent a form of healing (radioesthesia) that was ruthlessly suppressed by the materialist dogmatic traditional medicine 100 years before Lipton invented it. And then, this same dogmatic materialistic mechanistic science resurrected this fictitious healing modality that has completely disappeared from the face of the earth, in the form of transcranial electromagnetic stimulation, which was derived from the previously non-existent and subsequently suppressed and hated radioesthesia.

With all this activity, it is easy to overlook the broader context. Lipton has been trying and failing to provide evidence for alternative healing treatments that are entirely unrelated to the argument he was attempting make. Or claimed to be attempting to make.

His argument has two central parts:

1) that modern medicine has refused to integrate or even allow research involving quantum physics; and

2) that alternative healing modalities like homeopathy and chiropractic are confirmed by all the great research into quantum physics that is being carried out by modern medicine. (Yes, he thinks chiropractic is supported by quantum physics.)

Neither of these contradictory premises are true, but so far Lipton has circumvented this deficit by avoiding any attempt to actually support either of the above arguments beyond asserting them — alternately and repeatedly.

In this post we watch this dogless and ponyless dog and pony show continue.

Lipton says that research into things like transcranial electromagnetic stimulation are desperately needed, but doesn’t say that it (a) doesn’t support chiropractic or homeopathy as he claims (yes, he really does claim that — that’s why he raised it); and (b) that medical science does in fact conduct research.

But even then, such research is really quite unnecessary.

But the research will only confirm what scientists and non-scientists already “know” but may not realize they know….

Plato rises from the grave to tell us that knowledge is already within us. This really is a very old excuse for ignorance. It had a huge revival in the 1970s, but I admit I’ve never seen it claimed before that even scientists know everything before they’ve even conducted their research into it.

And what do scientists, even if they deny it, already know?

….all organisms, including humans, communicate and read their environment by evaluating energy fields.

Does anyone know what he means by this? Maybe the next sentence will help?

Because humans are so dependent on spoken and written language, we have neglected our energy sensing communication system.

Nope.

Because humans are so dependent on spoken and written language, we have neglected our energy sensing communication system.

Or maybe because no one has the faintest idea what it is?

As with any biological function, a lack of use leads to atrophy.

It’s a biological function?

Interestingly, aborigines still utilize this hyper-sensory capacity in their daily lives.

No they don’t.

For them there has been no “sensory” atrophy.

…Because that sense doesn’t exist. Want me to prove it? I will as soon as Lipton provides some evidence for his claim, instead of just asserting it as fact.

For example, Australian aborigines can sense water buried deep beneath the sand…

No they can’t. And why would anyone bury water in the sand for god’s sake?

and Amazonian shamans communicate with the energies of their medicinal plants.

No they don’t.

You no doubt on occasion get a glimmer of your ancient sensing mechanism.

Just because the senses can be trained doesn’t make the improvements any more “ancient” than any other aspect of the senses.

Have you ever walked down a dark street at night and instantly felt drained of energy? What were you experiencing? Destructive interference, just like out-of-sync pebbles thrown into a pond or, in popular jargon, bad vibes!

Lipton seriously thinks this is real quantum physics. In fact, anyone who believes that such feelings are being triggered by forces outside them will get even more scared and unable to assess any actual danger.

Remember unexpectedly meeting that special someone in your life and becoming so energized you felt “high?” You were experiencing constructive interference or good vibes.

Factual error. See above.

When I gave up my view that we are inert matter…

Other scientists who believed this as well — and there weren’t even many of them. Robert Boyle dismissively dubbed it the ‘mechanical philosophy’ as it was based entirely on contact mechanics, with particles cannoning off each other or coagulating to create the objects of the universe. With the founding of modern chemistry, and the incontrovertible evidence for the laws of (non-contact) gravitation,  it became untenable by the late 1600s.

But why on earth did Lipton still believe in it until the late 1970s?

…I realized not only that the science of my chosen career was out of date…

Nope, it was Lipton who was, and still is, out of date. By about 400 years.

….but also that I needed to promote more constructive interference in my own life.

How about some constructive criticism instead?

I needed a personal quantum physics-inspired tune-up!

Nope, you need a conscience. And an editor and a fact checker.

Rather than focusing on creating harmonic energies in my life, I was going through life willy-nilly, mindlessly expending energy.

Lipton continues babbling like this, willy-nilly, mindlessly expending energy, until we get this:

Thoughts consume energy as surely as does marathon running.

FACT!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

…as we’ll see in the next chapter.

We don’t need to see it in the next chapter. It’s already a mundane, noncontroversial fact. But if Lipton is going to try to establish it all over again, I predict he will screw it up completely. I’m already laughing at him for it.

I needed a quantum tune-up. And so, as I’ve made clear, does biomedicine.

Factual error #1: again, he is drawing a false equivalence between the state of his life and the current state of bio-medicine, confusing analogy with scientific fact.

Factual error #2: bio-medicine is not in the same state as Lipton’s life was, or is, for that matter.

Factual error #3: One could argue that quantum physics could be better integrated into bio-medicine, but that would not involve using analogies.

Factual error #4: he has not made it clear.

But as I said earlier, we are already in the midst of a very slow shift in medicine, propelled by consumers who are seeking out complementary medicine practitioners in record numbers.

This is in fact an attempt at an argument: that complementary medicine works, because of it didn’t, consumers wouldn’t seek it. But the point of this book is to argue that science shows it works. Consumers buy this book because it promises scientific evidence that their choice is right. Instead, all Lipton has argued here is that the consumers must be right.

It’s been a long time coming, but the quantum biological revolution is nigh. The medical establishment will eventually be dragged, half kicking and screaming, full force into the quantum revolution.

He has not even attempted to make his case that “energy medicine” will be part of that, beyond merely asserting it repeatedly.

That was supposed to be his great concluding statement for this chapter. It was supposed to be about quantum physics. But instead we’ve had chiropractic, homeopathy and radioesthesia, none of which have anything at all to do with quantum physics, and one of which does not even exist.

There were many other things in the chapter too, of course. But recounting would not add any clarity. But we’ve finally finished chapter 4!!!

Next up is Chapter 5. It’s 60 pages long.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 44 (Be a Radioasthesiast! Or not. Um…this is really stupid)

January 8, 2019

I had just written a really cool intro to this, and was starting to go through the formatting, when I also decided to check a reference from last time that I didn’t think worth checking on. I’m glad I didn’t check on it last time, because it would have derailed the entire post. (I’m glad I’m not sitting in a cafe or on a train. I’m sitting safely at home, free to gesticulate and emote without evoking concerned looks from strangers.) Anyway, starting again, here we go, on about page 119.

Readers from last time will have completely forgotten about the 18th century healing modality from the previous post. I’d never heard of it before — not surprisingly, as Lipton said it disappeared without a trace. What humanity missed out on, according to Lipton is some form of radio-esque electric healing. He quoted an old time ad for it:

“Be a Radioesthesiast! Only $9.99— includes instructions!” 

This therapy disappeared, so completely, it turns out, that there are only three references to it in the entire internet. One is Lipton himself quoting the ad in the google books version of this book; another is some woo author quoting Lipton quoting the ad; the other is me in the previous post quoting Lipton quoting the ad.

This is distinctly odd. You can find every possible kind of woo on the internet, but not this. Yet Lipton claims that:

By 1894, over 10,000 U.S. physicians as well as an untold number of self-trained home consumers were regularly using electrotherapy.

How strange that it has so thoroughly disappeared that my post last week was only the third time anyone has ever mentioned it on the internet, and all were quoting the same thing.

There are however nearly 90,000 hits for something called radiesthesia (not radioestheisia). This is a very unusual word for good old fashioned and entirely debunked dowsing, aka water-witching. It has nothing at all to do with radios or electricity or healing.

What is going on? Did Lipton hear of radiesthesia somewhere and twist the whole thing into the aforementioned twisted fantasy? ….And then decided the reason no one except him had ever heard of it was because it had been thoroughly suppressed by a threatened medical establishment 100 years ago?

Whatever the case, in an unexpected twist, that will baffle rationalist linear thinkers, radioesthesia is about to make a spectacular come back, 100 years after it either disappeared, or first started not existing. But that is all to come…

For now, Lipton continues from last time:

The brain has long been recognized to be an electrical organ, which is why electroshock therapy has historically been used to treat depression.

I might as well note a factual error while we’re here: it is not only “historically” used, but still is. Why doesn’t Lipton know that?

But scientists are now working on less invasive tools to treat the electric brain.

The electric brain??? Have you been into the catnip again, Dr Lipton?

A recent article in Science touted the beneficial effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which stimulates the brain with magnetic fields. [Helmuth 2001; Hallet 2000]

Ok….

… TMS is an updated version of the same 19th century radioesthesia…

….that Dr Lipton claimed at the end of the last paragraph had “disappeared completely”. And it very strongly seems never to have even existed in the first place!

And of course, the inevitable factual error — TMS is not a continuation of radioesthesia — whether or not it completely disappeared, reappeared, or was only dreamed up by Lipton in the first place.

And of course, another factual error: TMS is not “vibrational energy healing” either.

Usually pseudo-scientists are adept at this kind of bait and switch: the bait is the transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is a perfectly normal area of medical research; the switch is to deftly shift it into the category of “energy healing” along with reiki or prana healing, with much talk of quantum physics and vibrational frequencies

Lipton however is no normal pseudo-scientist. Instead he puts chiropractic — bashing people’s bones about with a hammer and yanking their neck back and forth — into the category of “vibrational healing”…….along with radioesthesia — his self-invented misunderstood version of dowsing, which isn’t even concerned with healing, but rather tries to find underground springs with a stick. Then he puts transcranial magnetic stimulation, complete with research papers by Helmuth and Hallett, into the same category, and claims it is a continuation of the non-existent radioesthesia which he also claimed had disappeared without a trace.

….And all this after accusing medical science of refusing to carry out research of the kind done by Helmuth and Hallett, because of their dogmatic refusal to integrate modern physics into biology.

I am stopping this post now and am going to drink beer instead.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 43 (Lipton tries to present scientific evidence)

January 2, 2019

I have a string of other non-Lipton posts in the pipeline, which I will be putting up soon. But for now — with all apologies to those requiring one — it’s back to Lipton Central: the only place on the internet or anywhere else where you can discover what Lipton is really talking about. None of his fans have ever figured it out; nor has Lipton himself.

We left Lipton claiming that the “harmonic resonance mechanism” can somehow be used to affect the organs of the body, and can therefore somehow be used for healing. He has wandered so far down this hypothetical trail, that he now feels secure enough to accuse biologists of being too scared and too dogmatic to follow him, even though he still hasn’t said exactly where he is or what he is doing there.

He continues:

But biologists have not explored these mechanisms with the passion with which they pursue new drugs.

This is utterly absurd. What the hell *are* “these mechanisms”? Lipton has already claimed that they are “implied” somehow — he doesn’t say how — by modern physics, but that’s as far as he goes.

What would they study?

That is unfortunate, because there is enough scientific evidence to suspect that we can tailor a waveform as a therapeutic agent in much the same way as we now modulate chemical structures with drugs.

Well now we are getting some more details. Previously Lipton said that modern physics “implied” that harmonic resonances can affect the body’s complex organs and not just simple crystalline structures like kidney stones. Now we’ve gotten a bit further: there is “enough scientific evidence” to “suspect” that which is supposedly somehow implied. (He is certainly being very coy about all this. It’s starting to look like this is all clothes and no emperor.)

So… What is this evidence “we can tailor a waveform as a therapeutic agent”?

The reader is invited at this point to ponder what such evidence might look like and then see how the case Lipton makes measures up against it.

Alternatively, the reader is also invited to simply assume that Lipton is about to make a flaming idiot of himself as usual…. Which is of course exactly what is about to happen.

Here is Lipton’s scientific evidence.

There was a time in medicine when electrotherapy was used extensively. At the end of the nineteenth century, the development of batteries and other devices that produce electromagnetic fields led to hastily constructed machines that were supposed to cure disease. The public sought out practitioners of this new-fangled healing art called radioesthesia. Word spread that these devices were very effective. In fact, they became so popular that magazines were likely to tout ads that read something like, “Be a Radioesthesiast! Only $9.99— includes instructions!” By 1894, over 10,000 U.S. physicians as well as an untold number of self-trained home consumers were regularly using electrotherapy.

Lipton thinks all of this was a sign of good medical practice, as well as being “implied by modern physics” and “enough scientific evidence to suspect” whatever those things are that he suspects.

But he has more! He continues:

In 1895, D.D. Palmer created the science of Chiropractic. Palmer recognized that the flow of energy through the nervous system is critical to health. He focused on the mechanics of the vertebral column, the conduit through which spinal nerves provide information to the body. He developed skills to assess and tune the flow of information by adjusting the backbone’s tensions and pressures.

Factual error #1:

What in God’s almighty motherfucking name has this got to do with using wave forms as a therapeutic agent??????? Chiropractic asserts that all diseases are caused by misaligned in vertebrae, and that they can be cured by banging these supposedly misaligned vertebrae back into place with the use of blunt force. This has nothing to do with quantum physics does it Dr Bruce, you freaking numbskull.

Factual error #2:

How the fucking goddam… etc… is this “scientific evidence”?

Factual error #3:

Why in freaking hell has he suddenly ditched harmonic resonances and wave frequencies for “information”?

Factual error #4:

Simply asserting that Palmer “developed skills to assess and tune the flow of information” is absolutely not “scientific evidence”. Not even enough to “suspect”. It’s just an assertion without evidence, and in fact against all evidence.

Factual error #5:

Asserting the above fact does not establish, rather merely assumes that the “flow of information” is affected by “adjusting the backbone”.

Factual error #6:

This all assumes that there *is* a flow of information that can be palpated, and that — factual error #7 — it can be altered for healing.

Factual error #8:

None of this is “implied” by modern physics.

The medical profession became threatened by Palmer’s chiropractors…..

The medical profession may well have felt “threatened” for some reason by Palmer, but this assertion, even if true, is also not the promised “scientific evidence”.

I was going to point out here that chiropractic is an utter fraud from start to finish and a deadly dangerous one, but Lipton hasn’t finished the sentence yet:

…threatened by Palmer’s chiropractors, as well as homeopathic healers…

Factual error #1… no, #9 (this is still the same sentence): homeopathy is also not the scientific evidence Lipton promised.

Factual error #10: this is one of these special Liptonian factual errors, where he even screws up the factual errors. Homeopathy does not claim to work with waves and frequencies, but as a *special kind of drug*. Even if it worked, it wouldn’t support whatever it is he is babbling about here.

….radioesthesiasts and other drugless practitioners who were taking away much of their business.

Factual error #10: this is also not scientific evidence, and not implied by modern physics.

He hasn’t even attempted to argue that any of this is scientific evidence. The closest he gets to that is to assert physicians “felt threatened” because of a supposed loss of business. This is a weak argument, as in fact, chiropractors felt threatened by each other, to the point where Palmer himself wound up getting killed by his own son, who ran over him with an automobile.

This is not how one assembles scientific evidence, is it.

But he continues:

The Carnegie Foundation published the Flexner Report in 1910 that called for all medical practices to be based on proven science. Because physicists had not yet discovered the quantum universe, energy medicine was incomprehensible to science.

Well this sounds a bit more promising, but so far he has only noted that anything that could *only* be supported by quantum physics would be excluded by this 1910 decree.

Lipton has two problems here. Obviously, he still hasn’t even attempted to argue that homeopathy and chiropractic and, um, radioesthesism are in fact supported by quantum physics. That is already complete and utter failure.

But there is also the problem that if a therapy actually worked — produced clear improvements above the placebo — it could still be adopted within certain safety parameters, regardless of the state of quantum physics or anything else. But Lipton has simply assumed that these things work, without bothering to offer any evidence whatsoever that they do.

Denounced by the American Medical Association, chiropractic and other energy-based modalities fell into disrepute.

Factual error. Again, “disrepute” deserved or not, has nothing to do with the *scientific evidence* that Lipton promised.

Radioesthesiasts disappeared completely.

Lipton does not reflect on why.

In the last forty years, chiropractic has made great inroads in the healing arts.

Again, not evidence.

In 1990, chiropractors won a lengthy court battle against the medical monopoly when the American Medical Association was found guilty of illegal attempts to destroy the profession.

Factual error #1

While the AMA lost part of the case, they were certainly *not* found guilty of an “illegal attempt to destroy the profession”. (The AMA was ordered to withdraw a prohibition on physicians associating with chiropractors.)

Factual error #2

More importantly, this is — yet again — not the scientific evidence that Lipton promised. Had the court ruled on matters of science, Lipton could be on a better footing here. But as it happened, the judge only noted that chiropractors’treatment of patients appears to be undertaken on an ad hoc rather than on a scientific basis.” So Lipton has in fact undermined his own case by citing this.

Since then, chiropractic has spread its sphere of influence— it is even accepted in some hospitals.

Again, this is not scientific evidence, is it?

And despite electrotherapy’s checkered past, neuro-scientists are conducting exciting new research in the area of vibrational energy therapies.

Factual error. Electro-therapy certainly does have a checkered past, but it has nothing at all to do with Lipton’s “vibrational energy therapies”.

And Lipton has now veered back again to saying that while scientists are busily suppressing all non-drug-based treatments, scientists are also engaging in “exciting new research” into them at the same time.

This is a massive contradiction in his argument. It runs through the entire book, through all his public lectures, statements and interviews, and also through the comments of those who appear here occasionally to try to defend him (before giving up when they realise they actually haven’t got the faintest idea what he even means).

In the next post, Lipton is again going to provide some scientific evidence. For something.

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Bruce Lipton’s ‘Biology of Belief’ – Annotated With Facts: Part 42 (Another hallmark of pseudo-science: no progress or advancement, just marketing)

January 1, 2019

Lipton again. Continuing directly from the train wreck that was the previous and only sentence quoted las time, Lipton informs us of this:

Scientists have devised a way to stop an atom dead in its tracks by exploiting its energy waves. They first identify the frequency of a specific atom and then tune a laser to emit the same frequency. Though the atom and the photoelectric frequency emit the same wave pattern, the laser’s waves are designed to be out of sync with those of the atom. When the light wave interacts with the atom’s wave, the resulting destructive interference cancels the atom’s vibrations and it stops spinning. [Chu 2002; Rumbles 2001]

Neither of these articles are freely available online, so neither I nor Lipton’s readers can easily check this. But unlike Lipton’s readers I have doubts about how accurate Lipton’s explanation is here. Are the lasers really ‘attuned to the atom’s vibrations’?

And what on earth is “the atom’s wave”??????

But most importantly, why is Lipton even talking about this? He started off here trying to explain how a mammogram works, and now suddenly it’s all about lasers.

When you want to enhance rather than stop atoms, you find vibrations that create harmonic resonance. Those vibrations can be of electromagnetic or acoustic origin.

Ah, that’s why he was talking about lasers: to explain why what is happening has nothing to do with lasers.

When, for example, a skilled vocalist like Ella Fitzgerald maintains a note that is harmonically resonant with the atoms of a crystal goblet, the goblet’s atoms absorb her sound waves.

Do we really need to check for any record of Ella Fitzgerald ever performing this trick? Of course there is none. This easy and inconsequential lie simply demonstrates how easily Lipton makes up fake facts rather than engaging with reality.

Also, it is not the frequency of the sound waves that smashes a goblet, but rather their intensity: the pressure being applied to the molecules that pass on the wave.

Furthermore, this site suggests the breakage actually occurs only if the glass has a slight flaw: without one, it won’t break.

Through the mechanics of constructive interference, the added energy of resonant sound waves causes the goblet’s atoms to vibrate faster. Eventually the atoms absorb so much energy that they vibrate fast enough to break free from the bonds that hold them together. When that happens, the goblet actually explodes.

More significantly, though, we can note a factual error: the bonds that are broken are between molecules, but Lipton is talking of individual atoms. That is why they only break along fault lines and leave large jagged shards of glass. Lipton has the goblet being atomised by Ms Fitzgerald.

Doctors use constructive interference mechanics to treat kidney stones….

Again, this does not use ‘frequency’ so much as intensity.

….a rare case where the laws of quantum physics have been harnessed as a therapeutic tool in modem medicine.

Factual error. This is not a “rare case”. Modern medicine — by definition — uses modern science. Lipton keeps repeating this lie, while simultaneously disproving it.

Kidney stones are crystals whose atoms vibrate at a specific frequency. Doctors non-invasively focus a harmonic frequency on the kidney stone. Constructive interference results when the focused energy waves interact with the atoms in the kidney stones. Like the atoms in the crystal goblet example above, the atoms of the kidney stones vibrate so quickly that the stones explode and dissolve.

Factual error: again, he talks of atoms rather than molecules. Kidney stones are not atomised.

The science of physics implies that the same harmonic resonance mechanism, by which sound waves destroy a goblet or a kidney stone, can enable similar energy harmonics to influence the functions of our body’s chemistry.

This is another one of these compound errors that Lipton specialises in. We will have to break it down a bit.

An experienced reader of Lipton will already have spotted the key word that holds the whole thing together, and is utterly spurious, specious and dishonest:

The science of physics implies….

Factual error #1. Lipton is writing this whole book in order to make an argument. This is one point at which he desperately needs to make it. But instead of even trying, he informs his audience that his argument is “implied” by the science of physics. As we will see, physics does not imply what he is about to argue.

…that the same harmonic resonance mechanism…

Factual error #2: again, this it is not merely resonance, but intensity of the wave.

…by which sound waves destroy a goblet or a kidney stone, can enable similar energy harmonics…

Factual error #3: again, intensity is important, so he is wrong to talk of “energy harmonics”. There is a reason why he keeps insisting on this wrong version of the physics though.

…to influence the functions of our body’s chemistry.

Factual error #4: kidney stones are crystalline — meaning simple — structures, and therefore easy to break. Some things in the ‘body’s chemistry’ are simple, some highly complex. Anything more complex than a simple repeating crystalline structure is not going to be susceptible to having its molecules (or even its atoms!) ‘dissolved’ by some kind of nice soft harmonious harmonic energy.

Where is he heading with this? I’m not sure — I’m not reading ahead. But I can already show you the kind of thing that this book is intended to “scientifically prove”; the kind of thing that Lipton claims modern physics “implies”.

Here is Lipton’s colleague and fellow deadly cancer quack, Gregg Braden. He is explaining how humming at a certain frequency can “dissolve” cancer tumors. Just like that. He says he has been traveling around the world, showing this video of how easy it is to dissolve cancer tumors..

One notices that Braden prefers showing a video rather than actually getting the monks to come with him and perform this straight forward procedure.

Jonas Salk immediately made his polio vaccine available to the world. this treatment, if real is clearly on the same scale. But not Braden, for obvious reasons.

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More Weird Stuff from Berlin: the former East

December 25, 2018

This is second post about what an extraordinary city Berlin is. I emphasise the “weird” aspect of it because you often stumble on things that you don’t register at first sight, simply because they are unexpected or unusual, but are seen by those who live there as unremarkable. (See the earlier post for a long string of such items.)

A perceptual sequence is well known I think, by everyone who has moved to Berlin from outside of Germany: certain objects are simply not perceived for months or years, despite being in plain view. They don’t fit any mental category, yet are kind of just ‘part of the furniture’. Then one day, some part of the brain suddenly sends up a signal saying WTF is that thing???? Then you research it and find out that, yep, it’s exactly what it looks like — but why didn’t I notice it before? It usually implicates — simultaneously — Nazis, Communists, the US military, hippies, Prussians, and mundane everyday life amidst prior exceptional circumstances. There is a multi-dimensional aspect that is highly unusual. I know of no other city that is quite like it.

After having gone through this process a few dozen times, one realises that Berlin’s history is not best discovered by visiting the Berlin Wall or Nazi buildings or the main tourist attractions, but simply by opening one’s eyes in which ever area you find yourself, and looking for the first thing that strikes you as a bit odd…

As noted previously, I left moved to Germany from Australia in 2000 (in my early 30s). I had already visited Germany in the 1990s and lived in Cologne (in western Germany) for 6 months. This time, however, I wound up living permanently in Berlin (eastern Germany).

As someone who grew up in a rather isolated place (Tasmania), simply being in Germany was a real buzz. I’d always been fascinated by German culture, read up on the history, and loved Goethe and other poets. As a youth I’d been deeply touched and influenced by the works of authors such as Heinrich Böll and Arthur Koestler. (The latter wrote absolutely riveting accounts of his life in Berlin as a Jewish communist in the 1930s.)

But when I finally moved to Berlin, instead of living in the city I wound up living with my girlfriend 50km south of the city, in the countryside at a place called Zesch am See, near a nice lake in the middle of a rather nondescript pine forest. I was glad to be making a new start in a new country, but I must admit I was a little disappointed: I’d hoped to land somewhere a bit more interesting than a little farming village in the middle of nowhere.

On the other hand, I found it good to be able to wander off into the forest and just get used to suddenly being on the other side of the world.

I’d heard that the nearby town of Wünsdorf had been a garrison for 40,000 Russian soldiers — this was of course in the former East Germany: a country that had ten years earlier simply ceased to exist. The Russians had ultimately moved out in 1994, and had left things pretty much as they were. And that’s pretty much how it had stayed.

The whole township was in large part a ghost town. Large apartment buildings, which had formerly housed soldiers, stood at the side of the road: windows smashed, tattered curtains flapping in the breeze.

Soldiers’ apartments, Wünsdorf, abandoned in 1994 (all pics are crappy author photos unless stated)

The surrounding forest had been used for military training and was crisscrossed with roads made of quickly laid concrete slabs, more suited to tanks than wheeled vehicles. And as forests go, it is nothing spectacular — very flat and mostly just pines and birch. The soil is so sandy that once the birches attain a certain height, they simply topple over. But for someone used to living close to nature (me, that is), this pine forest was very inviting, and I started exploring that instead.

One of the many concrete roads in the forest for military use

One day, on the edge of the forest I came across an abandoned villa, slowly crumbling and overgrown with vines. As I walked around it, a doe and her fawn suddenly erupted from a shed ran off into the forest. No one comes here….

Around the next corner I came upon a huge open space — a parade ground, with weeds sprouting through the cracks between the concrete slabs. There would have been enough space for several thousand soldiers to assemble here.

At the front of the parade ground stood an enormous statue of Lenin, striking a trade mark dramatic pose and staring with defiant boldness at the dandelions.

Recent photo of renovated house & statue (credit unknown: source)

….Well that was unexpected….

….The Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, had been for me things that I read about in books: abstractions from the other side of the world; mythical figures from a past and unknowable age. Yet here was Lenin standing all alone before an abandoned parade ground at the edge of the forest, frozen in time.

It had all ended so quickly. The Russians packed up what they could after 40 years and were sent back to a place that for many wasn’t home.

Here is some footage (from You Tube) of their final parade (in fact their first and only public parade), with many somber and confused faces among the military.

After the Russians left, buildings slowly began to be renovated and rented out. Young families began moving in, living amidst the military junk, decaying buildings and…. these things….

Winkel’ type bunker (source)

This rather distinctive feature of the domestic landscape is a particular type of bunker. About half a dozen of them are to be found in this area. And, I found out, they weren’t left behind by the Russians but by the Nazis.

This whole area had been a military command center, with a massive underground communications center. The attack on Poland and Eastern Europe was coordinated from here.

1942 (source: wikipedia)

…..Ok, so maybe this wasn’t just a dull farming village in the middle of nowhere after all, but rather an epicenter of European and world history. So that’s what all those hurriedly laid concrete roads were for. They did all seem to be heading eastwards, come to think of it.

 

First Panzer Regiment Wünsdorf 1935 (source)

But not only did the war on Eastern Europe start here, it ended here too. The Russian Army stormed through this area in 1945. It was one of the last lines of resistance of defense before Berlin. While riding my bicycle through the forest I often came across long trenches.

Trench (2015)

Some trenches were deeper: tanks were parked in these, angled upwards and simply blasted away in the general direction of the advancing Russians.

Trench (apparently) for tanks (as far as I can tell)

The Germans stored munitions by burying them at certain locations. You can still come across them while wandering about in the forest. If you’re lucky, they’ve already been discovered by someone else and safely emptied, like the one shown below.

Probably a munitions cache

The Russians left a lot of stuff in the forest too. Plenty of unexploded munitions and military equipment that was just dumped. Who knows what this is in the photo below — it is a hole that used to have something in it, left either by the Russians or Germans.

Mysterious hole of some kind

I can’t express how weird it was to be riding my bicycle around in this forest and coming to terms with having moved to the other side of the world with no plan other than knowing I was here to stay. It was certainly nice to be in such a nice forest, with nice lakes….

Swimming, camping, fishing ‘verboten’ here, due to unspecified ‘dangers’

…But why did they often have warning signs telling people not to swim in them?

One lake I came across, was near an overgrown mansion (no doubt originally built by some Prussian officer) and with numerous wooden jetties around its shore. But all the jetties had been carefully smashed at the entrance. I assume the Russians had dumped something in that lake and were thoughtful enough to advise people not to swim or fish in it. At another place in the forest was area where all the trees for a 50 square meter radius were all dead.

Local authorities have helpfully colour-coded areas of forest: blue is safe enough to enter at own risk, red is danger, though red is a bad colour for signs as it is prone to getting bleached, as in the sign below. There is also a ‘yellow’ designation, for ‘extreme danger’.

‘Stop! Former military training area! Danger area, explosives, entry prohibited, (designated red)’ (2015)

I recall signs with a line drawing of a landmine, and a notice that ‘if you find anything that looks like this, please call the number below’. These seem to have disappeared, so I guess the minefields have since been cleared.

Revisiting a couple of years ago, I was struck by the fact that I’d walked past this thing probably a hundred times. I’d noticed it but it never struck me as being in any way noteworthy. It was just another thing that was there.

Next to main rail crossing, Wünsdorf

But on returning more than a decade later, I immediately wondered why I didn’t instantly recognise it for exactly what it so obviously is. A Nazi built guard box-thing to monitor the entrance from the train station. Had the Russians built it, it would of course have been made of concrete, like everything else they built in the area, and would have looked like this thing which I had initially thought was some kind of ventilation shaft or something–

Russian built pill-box near a gate, Wünsdorf

And that’s the end of this post. I was going to write a whole lot more, but I’m already over 1500 words. There are two more posts coming in this series: one on trying to understand what life was like in the German Democratic Republic, the other about the aforementioned one-time Berlin resident, Arthur Koestler. Thanks for reading.

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The real reason why that F–ing Moron is staying loyal to Mike Flynn

December 19, 2018

I don’t usually write about current events here, and I might delete this post at some point, but I do want to comment on something that should really be obvious but no one in the US media has suggested.

I assume everyone is aware of the news today that Trump wished his former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn good luck before his sentencing hearing. Many in the media are baffled as to why Trump hasn’t disowned Flynn in the way he has others. After all, Flynn flipped extremely quickly to try and save his own skin by betraying his boss.

Before that, Trump refused to sack Flynn, despite the urgent warnings from the Justice Department that Flynn was severely compromised. Trump must have known that Flynn’s goose was cooked and he’d be under close surveillance and therefore both a danger to the entirely corrupt administration and useless for any further corrupt activities. Yet Trump refused to fire him for 18 days and then tried to corrupt the FBI in an effort to protect him.

Clearly Trump easily stupid enough not to know there was any danger in any of these actions, but that wouldn’t explain why he’s still defending Flynn. Is Trump so compromised that if Flynn falls, he falls? Is Flynn holding back some information from the FBI?

Maybe, but there is another extremely simple explanation.

Obama advised Trump not to hire Flynn. Disowning Flynn would mean admitting Obama was right.

I haven’t seen any journalist speculating about that possibility yet, and I think it might be because the even Trump’s sternest critics have difficulty perceiving just how stupid this person is.

I’ve dealt with many Law of Attraction/Power of Positive Thinking scammers here: James Ray, Bob Proctor, Esther Hicks, Rhonda Byrne, Bruce Lipton, and (as I’ve previously shown), Donald Trump. And Trump is by a considerable margin the stupidest of all of them. The media keeps calling him a businessman or a real estate developer, but they don’t realise that more than any of these things, he’s a failed law of attraction scammer.

Law of attraction scams fail in only two ways: the fraud squad catches up with you, or you are so freaking stupid that you really believe that you have the power to create your own reality and take on too much without any planning. Trump is guilty of both of these things.

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