On Aether and Aether Sinks

On Aether and Aether Sinks

Reading old novels is a great way to immerse yourself in the myriad ways that human thought has changed throughout time.  It only takes one quick lookup of what “laudanum” actually is, for example, to realize that the way we look at drugs, medicine, and...
Torredor Problems, Stendhal Syndrome

Torredor Problems, Stendhal Syndrome

Just in case it wasn’t obvious, I am a humongous nerd. So humongous, in fact, that I’m going to start this article out with a reference to a specific race of creatures from a LARP I play in (a LARP?! Oh the humanity!).  So, fair warning.  Now on with the show… In the...
Can someone die from a belief? Nocebo effect part 2

Can someone die from a belief? Nocebo effect part 2

Yesterday we discussed Nocebo responses, such as what happens when someone feels that they’ve been cursed or given a medical death sentence.  But how can a feeling, a belief, cause your death?  Surely that isn’t actually possible? Unfortunately it seems that it is....