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    Friday, May 23, 2014 6:06 pm Email this article

    Most new patients assume they already know about fat and weight loss; their only concern is to score more diet pills. As long as they remain in that frame of mind, they won’t learn what I teach. So I try to open their minds by saying...

    Most of what you know is wrong, because most of what you know came from what other people told you. But wait–how did that person know? Someone else told her. And how did that person know? Someone told him. And so forth. Until you get back to the person who started the mess, the one who made it all up, got it wrong, was misquoted or lied.

    All truth comes from science and math, and from nowhere else. 

    [That’s not quite true. Truth can come from experience, but you must have a lot of experience and the ability to interpret the experience. So for most people as I said, all truth comes from science and math].

    Socrates said, “All learning begins with ignorance”, i.e. the recognition that what you already know may be wrong.  

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Americans are entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” You can’t have confidence in what you know unless you read primary sources.

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