Bwahahahaha!

So, I was having a discussion with Karl (yeah, I know)…..and happened to mention onion rings.

Karl proceeds to go off on one of his barely-coherent rants.  To the extent that I could pull anything intelligible out of it, I got the following:

  1. Onions are “not food”.
  2. They are not “meant” for human consumption
  3. They are “toxic”

Now, the fascinating thing is: Karl is a die-hard believer in just about any and all of what Wikipedia designates as “pseudosciences”.  As such, he is also obsessed with (although not particularly well-versed in) so-called “natural” remedies.

Quite frankly, I find that sort of person’s use of the term “Toxin” to be extremely problematic.  Anyone who is ignorant of the idea of “LD50” — the dose at which 50% of a given test-population dies — has no business using the term “toxin”, or designating anything as “toxic”.

As Rationalwiki describes it:

“Toxin” in the scientific and medical sense refers specifically to a metabolic product of a living organism that has deleterious effects either in itself or another organism at a sufficient dosage.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Toxin

Now, here’s the fascinating thing: Not only is the stupid fuck utterly ignorant of the concept of “LD50” (the notion that “toxicity” is dose-dependent), he is also ignorant of  the phenomenon of “Hormesis”:

The absolute best explanation of hormesis I have ever encountered is this:

Hormesis is a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or lethal when given at higher doses.

http://gettingstronger.org/hormesis/

Ironically, the ignorant fudge-plug is always going on about antibiotics/germicidal agents, on the grounds that the human immune system is “supposed to” be exposed to bacteria, etc..

(Note the oddly “teleological” framing of his “reasoning”: onions are a ‘toxin” which isn’t “supposed to” be eaten by humans.  Humans are “supposed to” be awash in bacteria, etc.)

The amusing thing is: anyone who understands the two facts that “toxicity” is dose-dependent, and that low doses of so-called “toxins” can actually be BENEFICIAL to an organism — would be FLATLY INCAPABLE of karl’s level of “Alliumphobia”

http://www.phobiasource.com/alliumphobia-2/

(Of course, the stupid fuck probably doesn’t even know that onions and garlic are related.)

Sometimes, I find Karl amusing.  Most of the time, I regard him as pathetic, and utterly beneath even the minimal level of respect I would extend to any random stranger.  At this point, I basically pretend to find his gibberings to be of interest, more than anything else.

I recognized long ago that he is genuinely too stupid to ever comprehend his own glaring  idiocy.

 

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