[ExI] Radiation danger (was: sendup of Hobby Lobby)

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Thu Jul 17 00:50:42 UTC 2014



From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Van Sickle
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:31 PM
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Subject: Re: [ExI] Radiation danger (was: sendup of Hobby Lobby)



Another angle: it seems like placebo effect would work both directions.  


>…The nocebo effect:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo 



There is a legend I heard some time ago, but never checked the historical veracity.  Perhaps someone here knows.  According to the story, in 1948 when Israel was forming, armies from the surrounding nations formed up invasion forces to go and hurl the Israelis into the sea.  Being a motley crew made up of people from various cultures and languages, the attack wasn’t coordinated as well as they might have hoped.  At a strategic point in the invasion, the Israelis dropped a number of 500kg bombs which kicked up a hell of a dust cloud.  Somehow the rumor started that America had given the Jews the atomic bomb, and that dust in everyone’s hair was radioactive fallout.  The invaders broke and ran in panic; the whole invasion fell apart.


I don’t know if that story is true or was exaggerated.  It would be interesting to see if any of the fleeing invaders experienced radiation sickness from non-radioactive fallout.






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