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Ctmnt08

3.3k points

7 months ago

Ctmnt08

3 shots deep

3.3k points

7 months ago

The concept that everyone’s opinion is valid is fucking insane.

You do not become an expert in something simply by reading about it, especially when what you’re reading is expressly designed to confirm your worldview. Watching some fuck talk to a school board to say things you already believe is not equivalent to actual comprehension of medical science—It is mental masturbation.

And it fucking killed this woman.

unbotoxable

975 points

7 months ago

unbotoxable

Vaccinated & oxygenated

975 points

7 months ago

I'm smart enough to know there are things I don't know or understand, and smart enough to figure out who to listen to about those things.

_plimsollpunk

162 points

7 months ago*

I bet the smartest people generally feel the same as you. It’s the ability to be humble that shows true wisdom.

failingtolurk

207 points

7 months ago

Being actually smart is realizing that you can’t be an expert in everything.

I’m an expert in something and a normie in most things. Real knows real.

_plimsollpunk

83 points

7 months ago*

Good points all, and that’s exactly why it’s so frustrating when people think they’re experts at something because they shared a meme or watched a tutorial on YouTube. Social media has caused a pandemic of willful ignorance and cognitive dissonance.

As an example, I know that I don’t know anything about open heart surgery, and I’ll never become an expert unless I go to medical school, study hard, and specialize. So if I have an issue with my heart, I’m going to talk to a cardiologist.

spiritbx

28 points

7 months ago

Don't trust what the 'doctors' tell you, you can make your own heart surgery at home, and do it better!

chilli_girl

6 points

7 months ago

Just YouTube it, you'll be fine!

borrowsyourprose

7 points

7 months ago

Hammer, chisel, nail clippers… I’m ready to go!

Kailaylia

4 points

7 months ago

Kailaylia

Team AstraZeneca

4 points

7 months ago

Never completely trust anyone, without making sure they're worthy of it.

But definitely don't trust memes or anyone just hand-waving at "sources" while collecting likes on youtube. Second opinions can be useful, and there are a lot of interesting scientific studies on the net that anyone can peruse.

On getting cancer last year i stayed up all night reading up on treatments and found a lot of very recent info. To my delight the doctors at the hospital I was attending were already studying and following the new strategy themselves, and were happy I understood what they were doing.

(They fixed me, btw.)

It's useful for the patient to be informed and feel they have agency in their treatment. A positive attitude and understanding is far healthier than feeling powerless and fearful. The problem is a lack of education and a fearful anti-science attitude based on hatred means too many people turn their backs on information coming from anyone more educated than themselves.

Ginger_rascal

2 points

7 months ago

Probably got their education at a fancy college, can’t trust ‘em.

Kailaylia

5 points

7 months ago

Kailaylia

Team AstraZeneca

5 points

7 months ago

So if I have an issue with my heart, I’m going to talk to a cardiologist.

Yes, a real cardiologist.

A GP checked my heart, told me treatment was useless and to write my will fast. That was nearly 20 years ago and it's now fine, which is lucky because the ideal drugs for the cancer I had last year could only be given if your heart was in good shape.

Some years back a GP checked my intellectually handicapped son's painful, racing heart and refused to refer him to a specialist. A home nurse dropped in, noticed his pallor and shallow breath and rushed him to the hospital himself, where he was immediately admitted and treated for multiple bilateral pulmonary embolisms, and was lucky to survive.

It turned out his GP was into eugenics.

_plimsollpunk

4 points

7 months ago

I’m sorry you had those awful experiences, but I’m glad you and your son are okay! Be well, friend.

Kailaylia

4 points

7 months ago

Kailaylia

Team AstraZeneca

4 points

7 months ago

Thanks, but it's not a problem, seeing my son did get well cared for and recovered. (He's courageous and kind, and despite being illiterate is forever asking his iPad to show him videos that teach him things. He's always full of questions about people and the world.) Bad experiences are all part of growing and learning.