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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-08 05:59 PM
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10. I concur, with a caveat
BTW, I don't entirely agree with the dichotomy between 'natural' and 'artificial' medicines. Many 'artificial' medicines come originally from plants or other natural sources.

I find that 'artificial' is less a factual description and more a means of instilling a negative connotation in a substance. The common usage of 'artificial' implies 'not made by nature,' but that's a sharply anthropocentric statement to make, since it declares outright that humans aren't part of nature.

As subsets of nature, anything we do (from sweating to writing to producing Plutonium) is natural by definition.

In essence, I share your complaint about the 'natural' versus 'artificial' dichotomy, since it's simply off-base. One might as well say 'horse' versus 'drawing of a balloon.'

Instead, what people really mean is 'not made by humans or by human manufacturing methods' versus 'made by humans or by human manufacturing methods.' Of course, when you're forced to use those definitions, it's hard to demonize those products not found in the "Organic" aisle.
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