In her lovely account of the edited collection “Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion,” Maria Popova focuses in on the essay by Jo Merchant, titled “Heal Thyself.”
We’re fascinated– and skeptical in the best sense of the word– by this research into the genetic bases of placebo responses.
A very brief but evocative video expressing one of our own key claims: placebos are verbs!
“How do you tell a patient that their paralysis, blindness, or seizures are “all in the mind”? As the doctor Suzanne O’Sullivan explains to BBC Future, our thoughts and feelings can move the body in mysterious ways that are just as frightening as any physical illness?”
“The placebo effect is an unexplained phenomenon wherein drugs, treatments, and therapies that aren’t supposed to have an effect — and are often fake — miraculously make people feel better. What’s going on? Emma Bryce dives into the mystery of placebos’ bizarre benefits.”
Another reason why placebos matter: friends can act as placebos…
In 2015, Dr. Suze Berkhout (MD, PhD) and Dr. Ada S. Jaarsma (PhD) decided to start collaborating on research into “placebos”: the philosophical significance of placebos, the feminist import of placebos, and the many and varied political implications of placebos. They have begun presenting their research at philosophy conferences and in various workshops and seminars, and their first co-written publication is underway. Since placebos are of interest to a wide range of disciplines and to many different kinds of thinkers, this site is a place to learn more about the Feminist Placebo research project, as well as to find out more about placebos and placebo studies.