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3 Commentsby   |  01.31.13  |  Student Posts

When I look around at American culture today I see an Aristotelian influence. We are always looking for the answer to our next question. For example, we create drug after drug treating whatever disease we make up that needs to be treated. We have medication that has side effects of making the illness we are treating worse. What kind of solution is that? I’ll tell you:

It is the hydrochloride salt of a phenylpiperidine compound identified chemically as (-)-trans-4R-(4′-fluorophenyl)-3S-[(3′,4′-methylenedioxyphenoxy) methyl] piperidine hydrochloride hemihydrate and has the empirical formula of C19H20FNO3•HCl•1/2H2O.

Side effect: pathological laughter.

I can only imagine what Plato would say.


Oh, by the way, that’s Paxil, an anti-depressant. If you are interested in psychiatry and are looking for a laugh check out


  1. Raymond Lowe
    10:16 pm, 01.31.13

    I agree with your opening statement. It seems that many Americans are not very complacent and are always looking for the next thing, whatever that may be. So what you are saying is that we have too many solutions that, in all actuality, cause more problems? So what exactly does that formula actually mean?

  2. Kelsey Hilton
    8:44 am, 02.01.13

    You’re right on. Our solutions cause more problems, which makes sense, how else would we advance?
    My point with the medicine is that some of our solutions aren’t solving what we think they are.
    Sometimes pharmaceutical companies sell a disease to sell a product. For example, Japan did not think that depression was a disease that needed to be treated with medication. So, when Americans offered their medication it wasn’t needed. Until, the Americans convinced the Japanese that depression is an illness.

    What I am trying to say is that sometimes what we call solutions are not solutions at all even though society is led to believe they are.

    That formula is just the chemical solution of the antidepressant Paxil.

    Thanks Raymond!

  3. Madison Hudson
    4:27 pm, 02.01.13

    I agree with the whole creating medications to treat illness as a joke these days. There are so many symptoms that could be reduced without medication and just by taking care of ourselves with proper nutrition, exercise, sleep, and less business. So many illnesses are either caused by or made worse by stress of some sort or not taking care of ourselves the way God intended but yet we try to fix everything by popping a pill that will temporarily treat the symptom instead of changing our lifestyle.

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