Week 4 - "Miracle" Molecules and Wisdom

The Greek philosopher Socrates said that wisdom is knowing that you know nothing. This paradox was the seed for western philosophy, including the open, skeptical attitude that characterizes the best science. But sometimes our scientific and technological prowess causes an adolescent arrogance. 

For example, consider sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is an antioxidant molecule in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cabbage, etc) that has recently attracted a lot of attention because of its profound health benefits: it seems to kill tumor cells, prevent body fat from forming, and stimulate neuron growth. Basically, it will save your life! 

So what did the scientific, medical establishment do?

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