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Old 11th July 2013, 11:56 PM   #208
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When education doesn't seem to protect you from unrealistic expectations of being cured by medical treatment that's only palliative:
Expectations versus Reality in Science-Based Oncology
The proportion of patients with inaccurate expectations about the likelihood that chemotherapy might cure their cancer according to patients’ characteristics is shown in Table 1. Overall, 69% of patients with lung cancer and 81% of those with colorectal cancer gave answers that were not consistent with understanding that chemotherapy was very unlikely to cure their cancer.
No other factors, including education, functional status, and the patient’s role in decision making, correlated with a higher likelihood of an inaccurate response about the curative potential of chemotherapy.
Not exactly religion, not superstition, but definitely examples of wishful thinking when faced with a 'worst case scenario'. I wouldn't necessarily make further attempts to 'educate' them (apparently it has already been done) unless they were about to fall prey to one of the real predatory quacks trying to exploit their need to believe in an unrealistic cure. I wouldn't interfere if they started going to church or praying to be cured since they appear to have made up their minds to believe.
I also wouldn't feel superior to them (or holier than thou) for my more realistic assessment of their situation.
"Stupidity renders itself invisible by assuming very large proportions. Completely unreasonable claims are irrefutable. Ni-en-leh pointed out that a philosopher might get into trouble by claiming that two times two makes five, but he does not risk much by claiming that two times two makes shoe polish." B. Brecht
"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions." K. Marx

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