In materialism, numbers are all that matters.
In reality, what is behind the numbers is all that matters.
Materialists: in all cases, high total blood cholesterol is bad
In reality, high cholesterol is bad if it is an empirical sign of a person who makes mountains out of mole hills, frets and obsesses over nonsense, harbors resentments, and internalizes stress. Such a person often overeats comfort foods, rarely exercises, sleeps poorly, is overweight, and has diabetes and high blood pressure. Bad symptoms of fundamental psychological ills, in a word, of failing to “live life deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life,” of failing to live like a primitive person.
High blood cholesterol is not bad if it merely means that a person consumes a lot of eggs, while enjoying a well-balanced diet otherwise.
High blood cholesterol is not a bad sign if a person is living like a primitive, who is consuming the traditional Polynesian diet, high in saturated fat (150+ grams per day), but otherwise well-balanced and composed entirely of whole foods.
Materialists: in all cases, high blood levels of bilirubin are bad.
In reality, high blood bilirubin is bad if it is a sign of an improperly functioning liver or an underlying genetic deficiency.
If the liver is working fine, and there is no underlying genetic deficiency, higher than average blood concentration of bilirubin is a prognosticator of better than average health, as bilirubin is not just a waste product, but a good antioxidant.
Materialists: in all cases, high levels of uric acid in blood are bad.
In reality, high levels of uric acid in blood are bad if it is a symptom of kidney disease, but good if there is no kidney disease, no genetic disease, and it is a symptom of a rich whole foods diet. Same reason: uric acid is not just a waste product, but a good water-soluble antioxidant – the principal one when vitamin C is low.
This brings us to another key difference between materialism and mathematical nihilism: in materialism, ideas are true and believable if and only if they are clear and distinct. Materialist claims are all precise and unambiguous. In mathematical nihilism, a clear one-sided view of anything is a superficial view of things. Nature is dialectical to its core. No thing is simply or purely anything. This is the only interpretation that fits the empirical facts.
Scientists say that LDL cholesterol is bad. However, LDL cholesterol is a good thing to any cell needing cholesterol, vitamin K and/or vitamin E.
Scientists say that acidophilus bacteria are good bacteria because of how they promote colonic health – however, in the mouth, sugar fermenting, acid-producing bacteria are the agents of caries. Not good in any sense.
Nature is dialectical to its core; consequently, scientists who are materialists are incredibly naïve people.