“Awww, come on guys, it’s so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It’s all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I’m gonna need ’bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone“. — Fletch (film, Chevy Chase)
Have you ever met someone who thinks they know what they’re talking about, yet something in your gut tells you they don’t really have it all figured out?
Scientists are notorious for this sort of thing. They throw around a few equations, or big words, and we all assume they’ve got it all figured out.
I recently ran into a blantant example of this regarding the research on the use of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of mental health conditions (psilocybin mushrooms, DMT/Ayahuasca, LSD, etc.).
All of these drugs react in/on the brain’s 5-HT2B receptor. Amazing, right? What a technical word. But there’s only one problem here–we have absolutely no idea what is happening after the drug hits the 5-HT2B receptor. No idea.
Still, its impressive to listen to neurologists toss around the term “5-HT2B receptor”. Just saying this word, your perceived IQ must jump several points, but fundamentally, they possess only slightly more credibility than Fletch’s explanation of the Fetzer valve. Continue Reading