No model of a system will include all features of the real system of concern, and no model of a system must include all entities belonging to a real system of concern.
I guess I think of New York City as kind of a wilderness, and then I also think of the actual wilderness as a wilderness, but any place that’s not one of those two extremes is not somewhere that feels good for me.
IV. Containing One of the Most Bloody Battles, or Rather Duels, That Were Ever Recorded in Domestic History
XIII. Which Concludes the First Book; with an Instance of Ingratitude, Which, We Hope, Will Appear Unnatural
I saw my friends and past lovers as immensely bright sparks of various individual colors flying through a space of possibilities with me, at varying distances and speeds, as though we were all engaged in some common struggle or journey together and should help each other in pursuing it. Though we were all spread out over the country now, I momentarily flashed back to my earlier visions of living in primitive tribes. Abstract modernity brings us closer than geography, at least, in part. It was beautiful.
My state of awareness underwent a sudden and intense paradigm shift. All of the sudden I was one with the matrix from whence all life in the universe (spirit or otherwise) originates. This flash involved a full 100% ego dissolution and was in many ways overwhelming and awe striking. To some this can be terrifying. If your dose is too high, this is where you lose control. In this instance I shut of the light and lay in bed in the darkness for the remainder.
Placebos are extraordinary drugs. They seem to have some effect on almost every symptom known to mankind, and work in at least a third of patients and sometimes in up to 60 percent. They have no serious side-effects and cannot be given in overdose.
This usage raises ethical questions. The doctor is misleading the patient. On the other hand, if the placebo has the intended effect, it should still be considered effective treatment.
It has long been known that a positive outlook can help stave off illness. In recent years, this pseudo-science has become science fact. Expecting improvements in health can impact the efficacy of an individual's immune system.