The aim of the conspiracy is to convince us that it’s all in our heads, or, specifically, in our brains—that our unhappiness is a chemical problem, not an existential one.I think I said in another thread that I really do recognize the problems inherent to the US system of drug discovery, marketing, and profiteering. But I am the daughter of a man who is legitimately sick with a syndrome that has no agreed-upon physical or mental "causes", just lots and lots of symptoms. One of those symptoms is depression and muscle aches, and Prozac makes it better. Quantitatively. If the placebo effect helps him get up in the morning and fall asleep at night and live in between, then hurrah for the placebo effect.