Continuing the thread on psychedelics place in the study of consciousness, here is a bang up to date “scientific” study on the use of Peyote – OK so it’s from the media school of “Today US researchers announced …”, but it’s current and credible. [BeliefNet via Scott over at MoQ Discuss.]
Damned by faint praise in the headline …
“Peyote Doesn’t Damage Brain”
… the article acutally focusses on
“Quite the contrary, these individuals [Sacramental Peyote Users] scored higher on several indicators of mental health … etc … “
Twas ever thus.
Post Note : This blog is about knowledge, not “drugs”.
My opening remark, about the school of journalistic scientific reporting ….
is the same school as “lies, damn lies and statistics”, geddit yet ?
Nowhere in my post, nor in the article actually, are there any positive assertions of causality, reason or responsibility, though there are some disclaimer (truism) negative assertions in the interests of political correctness – well don’t blame us, we didn’t say xxxx was the cause, etc.
Causality (how and why) is a whole other ball game;
Beyond journalism, and most of science for that matter.