I read an article this morning about a chiropractic treatment that rendered a teenager partially paralyzed and resulted in his death. An extreme case, to be sure, but what struck me were the statements of the parents and practitioner that the kid's doubts about chiropractic and not their actions caused his demise. The whole basis of Palmer chiropractic has been debunked for the better part of a century by those doubting scientists who want repeatable results in double blind studies and who found that "subluxation" or misalignment of bones has nothing to do with disease. I would never allow my kids or myself to be "treated" by a witch doctor, and I cannot see much difference in chiropractic, acupuncture or most other "alternative medicine." So here's my question to you: Does mere belief make something true? If you believe that tonewood makes a guitar sound better, does it really? Does it just work for believers? Before you think, "Biddlin's just trolling us." keep in mind that quantum physicists tell us merely observing an event changes that event. Weizmann Institute researchers built a tiny device measuring less than one micron in size, which had a barrier with two openings. They then sent a current of electrons towards the barrier. The "observer" in this experiment wasn't human. Institute scientists used for this purpose a tiny but sophisticated electronic detector that can spot passing electrons. The quantum "observer's" capacity to detect electrons could be altered by changing its electrical conductivity, or the strength of the current passing through it. Apart from "observing," or detecting, the electrons, the detector had no effect on the current. Yet the scientists found that the very presence of the detector-"observer" near one of the openings caused changes in the interference pattern of the electron waves passing through the openings of the barrier. In fact, this effect was dependent on the "amount" of the observation: when the "observer's" capacity to detect electrons increased, in other words, when the level of the observation went up, the interference weakened; in contrast, when its capacity to detect electrons was reduced, in other words, when the observation slackened, the interference increased. Thus, by controlling the properties of the quantum observer the scientists managed to control the extent of its influence on the electrons' behavior. I ask this as a profound skeptic and would appreciate your own thoughts, views and/or beliefs.