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In accordance with the principle that acronyms such as
accurately describe the states to which they refer in spite
of their contrived nature, reverse-engineer the process to
come up with treatment for diseases or solutions to other
problems by creating unconscious associations, thereby
letting a dreamlike process of invention and creativity do
the work for you rather than the hard slog of really
working through the problem. This technique can be
referred to as MAGIC - Mental Application by Guided
Imagination of Cures. This is to be distinguished from
"Magic" as a reason for a Mark VI Deletion, which is
different and does not apply to this idea, oh no, not at
This is how an example of this might work:
CU.RE.CANCER is "CUrrent REmission by Causation of
Allergic Necrosis and Cachectic Electro-Resistance.", and
uses the body's own specific immune response to destroy
tumour cells by causing necrosis rather than programmed
cell death, triggering the destruction of the cells with
appropriate antigens. It does this by applying an electric
current to the tumour where resistance is strongest,
causing heating and destruction of some of the tumour
cells. These cells then lyse, releasing their contents
with fragments of cell membrane antigens distinctive of
the tumour cell. The specific immune response then
to associate these antigens and proceeds to attack other
tumour cells which have not become necrotic because it
has come to recognise the appropriate markers on the
It will obviously work fine because the acronym says
it does. Also, it says "Electro-" in the name so it's more
scientific and not just made up on the spur of the
moment. If I'd said "Electric" it would of course be
||I think it would work better if the E stood for "electronic" rather than "electric". Everybody knows that electronic things are better than electric ones, and the voltages needed are definitely perhaps in the low DC range.
||[MB] //Everybody knows that electronic things are
better than electric ones// - except, of course, for
the Human League's
||Yeah, but "electro-" ends in an O and has a hyphen, so it's
posh. Double-barrelled word, don'cha know?