From the Abstract we learn that it is not fair to expect homeopaths / Ayurvedic / TCM practitioners to cure you in exchange for the money you pay:
WS-CAM practitioners do not necessarily treat a symptom directly. Rather, they intervene to modulate an intrinsic central imbalance of the person as a system and to create a more favorable environmental context for the emergence of health.The first author is paid to shill for a homeopathy supplier. Pincus, the third author -- psychotherapist and clinical psychologist, also editor of this Special Report -- appears to be doing it for free. It may be a matter of Professional Courtesy, like lawyers not jumping sharks.
The paper rests on the output of Frederickson & Losada. As any fule kno from the previous post, Losada claims to have independently rediscovered Lorenz's differential-equation model of convection but in the context of group dynamics, pulling the variables and the nonlinear-interaction terms from his ass, a practice not well-thought-of among equine veterinarians. Indeed, he independently invented the same arbitrary exemplar values for the model's control parameters. Losada cannot distinguish between convection and conduction, so readers suffering from a similar handicap will be encouraged to see how little this has held back his use of physics. Anyway, the mathematics are cited approvingly and at length:
In the Losada research, the mathematical models for conditions under which systems manifested well-being revealed that ratios of positive to negative (P/N) system behaviors of at least 2.9:1 were the cut-off for bifurcation of the system dynamics to occur. For a P/N ratio between 2.9 and 11.6, people and groups as complex living systems exhibited the healthier, optimally complex dynamics of human flourishing in the short term and greater objectively measured success in the long term.
So how does Pincus regard Losada now that his fraudulence is known outside of the small group of people who read and tried to understand his papers?
“My opinion of the paper has always been that it was a metaphor, disguised as modeling,” said David Pincus, a psychologist at Chapman University who specializes in the application of chaos theory to psychology.Truly a Profile in Courage!
Must credit Narad.