Aug 05 2013

Changing Your Fate

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  1. Bronze Dogon 05 Aug 2013 at 11:07 am

    There is some truth to that, actually. Belief in being lucky or fortunate does seem to lead people to exploit more opportunities because they are more positive about their chances of success.

    Pretty close to how I interpret “fortune favors the bold.”

    Speaking of changing appearances to change the condition, it makes me think of that paragon of woo, homeopathy. We raz on them a lot about absurd dilution, but the underlying idea of the Law of Similars is pretty stupid in itself. Remedies are based on the symptoms they allegedly cause in healthy people, and presumably they cure those symptoms in a sick person. That’s how they determine treatment: They’re out to negate symptoms without any actual thought to the underlying causes.

    And they can’t even do that right.

  2. Skeptical Steelon 07 Aug 2013 at 2:32 am

    It does sound like exactly the kind of hubristic move that would anger the gods in Greek mythology. Then, once they suss you out you end up with dishpan hands for eternity or something.

  3. Bruce Woodwardon 07 Aug 2013 at 5:10 am

    Our destinies are obviously written in the stars and cutting the palm to change our fortunes would be akin to moving the heavens…

    ???

    No?

    Am I getting my woo’s mixed up here?

  4. Sastraon 07 Aug 2013 at 3:06 pm

    A genuine belief in magic gets along very well with an inflated belief in a powerful mind-body connection.

    The woo never loses. If changing the lines on your hand changes your life, then palmistry is true! But if a critic argues that it can be explained as a purely psychological phenomenon — then the mind creates reality through the magic of belief!

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