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ChristianKl 9 November 2015 02:09 PM
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Kickstarter seems like a better way to fund these sorts of health sciences
A proper science also asks questions about a domain that are not interesting to outsiders.

As far as the immune system goes in "The Health Benefits of Writing About Life Goals"
King shows how you can decrease sick days of people by letting them write about their life goal or about trauma.

It seems relatively clear that there are factors that affect the immune system.
Actually working out which factors influence the immune system would be a lot of effort. Too much to be fundable via kickstarter and even if it would be funded that way there would be no scientific community that deal with the subject.


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Jiro 27 December 2015 05:01 PM
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The fact that you can decrease sick days of people by letting them write about their life goals is not very meaningful unless you have managed to decrease sick days by decreasing the severity of their illness rather than their perception of the severity of their illness. You could argue that if someone feels better they are definition better, but this doesn't apply to all aspects of an illness such as chance of infecting others, quality of work produced when feeling sick, chance of lengthening the illness by not resting, etc.

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ChristianKl 2 January 2016 03:18 AM
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You can explain the effect of writing about life goals that way, but writing about emotional trauma's has the same effect, so it doesn't seem like this effect is caused by optimistic people not taking sick days.

But in general I agree that it would be useful to develop a better metric than sick days.

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Jiro 5 January 2016 08:20 AM
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The point is that feeling better is not the same thing as actually being more healthy in the sense of being less able to spread disease, not having one's productivity affected, etc. The effect of writing doesn't have to be caused by optimism in order for this to apply.

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