11.8.11

“It works with molecules. It functions with the energy of the body.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/world/americas/16mexico.html


Stupidity and superstition is everywhere. People have walked on water. Demons and angels are all around you and God the Almighty Lord once made a woman pregnant without anyone having sex with her.


Some of the above statements may not be true. Depending on what 1500-year-old book you believe in. Or don't believe in. Some of the below statements may not be true, depending on how much of what you read on the internet you believe in.


Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat has spent more than $10 million to purchase hundreds of the detectors, similar to the “magic wands” in use in Iraq and Afghanistan, for its antidrug fight. Although critics have called them nothing more than divining rods, Mexican defense officials praise the devices as a critical part of their efforts to combat drug traffickers. At the military’s National Drug Museum, one of the devices is on display, with a plaque that describes its success in finding hidden caches of drugs.
Mexican military officials say the black plastic wands, known as the GT 200 and manufactured by the British company Global Technical Ltd., are widely used nationwide at checkpoints to search for contraband inside vehicles as well as to canvass neighborhoods in drug hotspots for drug and weapons stash houses.
As of April 20, 2009, the army had purchased 521 of the GT 200 detectors for just over $20,000 apiece, for a total cost of more than $10 million, according to Mexican government documents. Police agencies across Mexico have made additional purchases, records show.
“Exports to Mexico have already taken place, and the most urgent task was to warn the Mexican government and military, which we have done,” Katy Reid, a British diplomat in Mexico, said in a statement on Friday. “It is now up to the Mexican authorities to take whatever steps they think appropriate.” 
 In Culiacán, a city in Sinaloa State where Mexican drug traffickers have a strong presence, the military showed off the GT 200 in December. Canvassing a residential neighborhood, soldiers walked up and down the street with a GT 200 waiting for the antenna to point toward a suspicious residence. There were no discoveries.
But the soldier trained to operate the detector walked by one of the army’s armored vehicles and the antenna swung quickly toward the high-caliber machine gun sticking out the top. He took several steps back and walked by again. The antenna pointed again toward the gun.
“See?” he said.
But in November, at a checkpoint on the highway leading from Mexico City to Monterrey, the same device pointed at a Volkswagen containing a man, a woman and a child. Soldiers surrounded the vehicle and a search was conducted for illegal drugs. But all they found was a bottle of Tylenol — evidence, the soldier operating the device said, of how sensitive the GT 200 was.
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You look at the world around and you see something that's not happening - like finding drugs or no rain coming. So you wave a wand around or dance around a fire and then you find some drugs or the rains come. Obviously the wand or the dancing must've helped, right?

No. You're looking at a small sample size and not looking at the whole picture. You're not verifying your procedure for finding the drugs or making it rain. You're not putting your theory up for open debate and discussion in a way that allows people to prove it correct or wrong. Your sample size of one is simply not relevant or very useful in the greater scheme of things.

Start waving wands at a bunch of vehicles, eventually one of them will have drugs in it. Or you can just roll dice instead. 


Kid who can't swim goes with a church group and plays in the ocean. He gets dragged out and under and stays there for 20min. People in the church group are praying. Lifeguards are racing around in the water trying to find him. The lifeguards find him and get him to the hospital. He starts breathing on his own and wakes up and has no apparent mental deficiencies as a result of his brain having no oxygen replenishment for 20 minutes.

The prayer-people attribute the result to the power of prayer and God and angels and all that.

Others might conclude that going into the ocean when you don't know how to swim is a bad idea and that people's brains can sometimes suffer apparently no ill effects from sometimes prolonged submersion in cold water.



Case history
A fit young woman was cross country skiing with friends when she fell down a water filled gully and became trapped beneath an ice sheet. Frantic efforts were made to extract her, but after 40 minutes all movements ceased. Her body was eventually recovered, one hour and 19 minutes later, through a hole cut in the ice downstream. She was pronounced dead at the scene, but was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation throughout the air ambulance flight back to hospital, where her rectal temperature was recorded as 13.7°C. Her body was rewarmed by means of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator. After 35 days on a ventilator and a further five months of rehabilitation, she was able to resume her job as a hospital doctor.
Normally a person's brain will start dying within 6 minutes of no oxygen replacement. If submerged in water, the colder the better apparently, this time can greatly increase.

Or you can just attribute it to the molecules and the "energy of the body" or magic or God or angels or prayer. Your choice.

Either case thank a Lifeguard next time you see one. I used to be one, an EMT-B and rescue diver. We were always taught not to give up on a person who's been submerged in water, they can sometimes come back to life with some help. Or a lot of help.


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