Struggle between mind & heart, evidence & emotions, reason & anger, what we know & what we believe

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Thoughtful blog post by Dr. Kent Bottles, head of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), “Health Care Reform Law and the Struggle between Mind and Heart.”

I’m not going to try to excerpt a blog post that includes quotes from Charles Blow, Atul Gawande, Greek philosopher Parmenides, Krishna, and others.

This should be enough to get you hooked on reading it.

By the way, ICSI co-hosts its annual colloquium on health care transformation May 3-5 in St. Paul. Details here.

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Paul Scott

April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

Wow. Finally. I have been struggling with this issue for a long time, watching as others and taking part myself in trying to counter popular mythologies with evidence and secretly wondering if it really matters. The other day I wrote an op ed in the Minneapolis paper pointing out a litany of untruthful statements made by Michelle Bachmann. I was just repeating what other fact checking orgs have found, but she marched right up on stage that afternoon and repeated the most egregious claim, that the government now controls over half of the economy. She doesn’t care that it isn’t true, and neither do her followers, as it fits their narrative and gives meaning to their experience. That evening I heard my father in law repeat that particular claim. I said to him, where did you hear that? and he said I read it in the paper this morning. And I said, you read it in my column, and I was pointing out that it was wrong. He said oh, yeah. We are overwhelmed with information, with talk, with argument and people begin constructing their measure of events through intuitive processes, i.e. belief. Knowledge, that which is known, is going to have a rough go of it. I have personally been attracted to the little corner of that conflict that is manifested in evidence based medicine, because I feel like it is off the radar of the demagogues, but maybe that is only temporary.