placebo {glossary}

glossary placebo

Perhaps detox is more about the spaces of permission, and this process of learning is simply a (placebo) prompt in those spaces. It’s like we’re experimenting with, and play acting out, what is the invisible part of a healthy, self-directed mindset. So when we say detox is temporary, we’re meaning this exaggerated playing out of detox is temporary. Self-reflection is a natural state we are promoting, in order to pump adrenaline back into the soul.

We see detox (this template for a process of learning to learn) as a fake pill, that will work more on our mindset than anything. Helping to get us back to a focus on human capital, built on relationships and trust. Helping us to unmarket ourselves, and to unleash us from our dependency on the approval of others.
Imagining an app to ground the chaos while we’re getting back to that natural state of curiosity. A main fear in redefining public ed to just two guidelines, to allowing people to follow their whimsy, is that people will become lazy, or lost, or chaos will abound. But perhaps people don’t have a propensity toward laziness, as much as an impatience to find their people. Imagine this fake pill (fake: meaning not needed in a natural state, but needed today because of the state we’ve gotten ourselves into), is assisting with a fast forward action, to getting you connected with your people.


The placebo effect has an impact on more than medicine—we see what we believe, not the other way around. Icarus Deception


Seth created this for his 2nd skillshare course.. and then openly shared it:



‘Real’ is what happens, not how it happened.

A study by Kam-Hansen et. al. in the journal Science Translational Medicine showed that in some drugs, more than half the impact of the drug is due to the placebo effect.

At the start, the placebo gives us permission to believe. It gives us the bravery to overcome our fear of change, it allows us to imagine a future where things are better, even if that place is frightening to get to.

repost 2016 as medium post




from Gabor Maté‘s when body says no


most people think of the placebo as a simple matter of imagination, a case of ‘mind over matter.’ although induced by thought or emotion, the placebo effect is entirely physiological. it is the activation of neurological and chemical process in the body that serve to reduce symptoms or to promote healing