Object 3: Vitamin C Supplement

May 28, 2021


This is a bottle of vitamin-C capsules which I take every morning. Many people including myself had started taking vitamin-C supplements ever since the spread of coronavirus, following the claim that the vitamin helps to boost one’s immune system. This claim, supported by medical experts, had been repeatedly stated on multiple news articles and programmes throughout lockdown, which is the reason for its renown. As amateurs, we cannot identify the specific effects vitamin-C has upon our health or whether it has any effect in the first place, yet curiously, we continue taking the vitamin without desiring to justify its effects.

Many false claims about vitamins have been made in the past. For example, 2a claim stating that vitamin-E contributes to preventing heart attacks was later proven to be invalid. In this manner, the claim about vitamin-C boosting one’s immune system may be doubted as a result of reference class forecasting. In other words, one may question this claim by recollecting similar past situations and their outcomes. If false claims have been made about vitamins previously, there is a reasonable chance for this claim to have been falsified as well.

This bottle of vitamin-C capsules enriches this exhibition because it introduces the practice of reflecting back on our past experiences, thus reference class forecasting. Humans have the ability to question daily phenomena such as this and thereby discover errors in existing claims. By thoroughly assessing available information, we are able to make predictions with more accuracy.

Image sources:

Figure 1 and 3 – taken by me Figure 2 –

Times, The. 2021. “‘Greensleeves’ — An Irresistible Earworm, From Henry VIII To

Elvis”. Ig.Ft.Com. https://ig.ft.com/life-of-a-song/greensleeves.html.

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