Lyon wrote:When everything that in your long life has seemed right suddenly turns wrong and contrary to everything that seems decent the masses intentionally defy "logic", at what point after that should a person question their own sense of logic/viewpoint/outlook?
I don't know what you think of as seeming decent, but I have seen a lot of what I would call indecent behaviour around this issue and some even here, of all places. Especially around the dead and dying.
Self doubt is usually a tricky one. (worked for Descartes, but we can't all be that smart) I go by the old ye will know them by their fruit. Doesn't always work, but you can't have everything.
Do you really think that all this reluctance to accept CCSVI only centers on everyone wanting to save the jobs of neurologists or that people who had nothing to do with MS research and have no vested interest in the concept of autoimmunity are only hesitant to let autoimmunity go and embrace CCSVI?
No, I don't. I think ego (some of very powerful men, some of decorated men who have past their prime thinking years) has a lot to do with it. So does money.
In a world of 7 billion people how much does it really point to the veracity of CCSVI that several doctors worldwide embrace CCSVI?
Thinking does not make a thing true, and neither does popularity. Hitler was a very popular guy for a while there.
If CCSVI really were able to stand on it's merit, why do so many people feel that they so staunchly have to defend it?
They don't defend it because they think it needs them, or because they think if they didn't it would suddenly become untrue.
If anyone defends anything staunchly it is because of a few people who persistently needle them into it. The best offense is a good defense. And because money can effectively bury something. My friend died in 1972 of 'MS'. Doctors have been suspicious of some of the dogma of 'MS' since way before that, but the average patient/loved one group seldom questioned doctors because they were their only hope, and not a very high hope at that. The Internet has changed all that. They call them social networks but I believe humanity for good or ill operates quite differently than it did in 1972.
He might be alive today if he'd had the Internet.