Kevin Horgan

Chief Medical Officer, Soligenix Inc,


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Is there wisdom/knowledge that is suppressed to the detriment of society - known as the "Tomato Effect"?

The "Tomato Effect" is a term used for the rejection of effective medical treatments because they conflict with currently-accepted theories. Derived from the erroneous avoidance of the tomato as a food for several centuries in North America because it was considered to be poisonous, whereas it was simultaneously been consumed in Europe without qualms. Examples include the drugs colchicine and aspirin. An obvious question is not only are there other important medical examples, but are there other domains (physics, economics, public policy etc) where society is deprived of proven effective interventions because they conflict with prevailing dogma!

  • Feb 26 2011: Throughout 20th century discourse on belief took place in terms of the dichotomous world-view of theism versus atheism.

    Pantheism, now pretty much ignored, has been widespread since prehistory. Romanticism are pantheistic.

    Tielhard de Chardin and Julian Huxley (as I recall) engaged in an atheist meets the theist correspondence in which both complemented each other on not giving pantheism the time of day.

    The denigration of pantheism by atheists and theists alike is commonplace because it suits them both.

    You can read things like, ''Islam is fastest growing faith in Europe.'' It is not. It is fastest-growing organized religion. The fastest growing faith is a kind of vague pantheism found in greens, new age folk, pagans and a great mix of progressives who regard nature as having a sacred aspect - though defining that they would find difficult.

    Rumi, the Persian poet whose books sell pretty fast, is a pantheist but very little is made of that.