Re: The Placebo Effect - Self Deception at its Finest
Thu, 10 Jun 1999 14:06:49 EDT

In a message dated 6/9/99 9:38:08 AM, you wrote:

> As such, it would eventually be
>desirable to eliminate the placebo effect from our biology and/or
>substrate of reinstantiation. In the mean time, any ideas on how to have
>our cake and eat it too?

Well, athletes and artists have a nice set of tricks. They are sometimes called "visualizations". Suspension of disbelief can be voluntary, as well as being dupedd into beliefs. I think this is a good start. Rituals are another source of fun ways to "evoke" the placebo effect in achievements. Coaches can tell you things are getting better, keep up your optimism, etc.