Monday, April 27, 2020

Why Predictive Modeling Performs Worse than the Ancient Theory

Image Source: On the formation of taiji diagram from the perspective of twenty-four solar terms. Retrieved from

We were talking about why mining existing COVID-19 data does not work for a few months, then I came across two articles recently speaking about the same issue from an easier-to-understand angle:

In fact, the understanding of the epidemic in the United States and the Western world was initially regarded as clusters of pneumonia rather than a pandemic. No one regarded it as a potential deadly pandemic expanded to a global scale. This understanding was sensible at the beginning, but the past data did not predict what would happen: since 2020, there have been climatic conditions where the machine is not conducive to the lungs. This is the defect of the model established by the Western health system, including mortality and infection base model.

After all, the appearance of the illness is not because people are sick, but because nature is sick. The more serious nature's disease is, the more serious the sickness is. This can only be recognized by traditional Chinese medicine under the concept of harmony between man and nature. But in modern medicine it is impossible for them to observe this point, and they can accurately predict this point. Only the nuclear weapons of traditional Chinese medicine are good fortune. If I were Trump, or the head of the Western countries, according to the previous data, I would make the same decision as they did, regardless of who he thinks he is.

We at WeCare Holistic have been educating partnering doctors and patient/consumer clients since January 21, when the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the US reported. Back then some people laughed at and mocked our over-reaction. (Now they regard those early warnings as "over-anticipation", which turns out to be better than genuine "over-reaction".) We were explaining the similar idea on why you can't over rely on data to date, and referred folks with super linear thinking to some samples in “The Art of Critical Decision Making” where intuition from experts could win over incomplete data. That’s why we are glad to see posts from the US writers getting attention, at long last! 

The underlying assumptions were violated in this case and literally most early-stage black swan events, but an unpopular theory from traditional medicine, Five Yun Six Qi, a deep theory explaining the impact of climate (not just four seasons or 24 solar terms, but much more detailed investigation of every 60-year as well as 180-year cycle) on diseases, stands constant and have proved it accurate time and again (from thousands of years ago to SARS to swine flu to COVID-19). The exact time windows were consistent with what the theory says, even when the data is missing. Just like in Physics, a physicist knows the law yet experimental data and results can vary especially when the process is not complete. Thought experiments would not have happened by mining from historical data alone.

Even with two teammates who have some statistical and data science background, so far we have not used any event data to do forecasting. Instead, I am always thinking within the box of the ancient theory. It’s been so profound that does a better job than a modern weather forecast. I blogged more in Chinese but did think of a gentle reminder based on the theory for last lunar year before the first case started and fall right in the window. Then in our newsletters we mentioned some important time points such as initial peak January 20 (China), best containment opportunity window February 4-March 20 (New York), change in disease but climate more conducive to spread April 20, slightly better but still in July, ... possible recurrence with different appearance of symptoms (lung system -> liver and gall system) this fall October-November, till February next year when the climate will almost surely help disease under control and the world back in peace — amazingly but also sadly they have come true thus far... 

Here is a post by a teammate that mentions a few common health issues on a high level this year caused by climate. 

In case you are interested in learning more starting from basic theoretical foundations, start with sexagenary cycle here

For high level forecast on our blog, check out Climate and Pandemic Forecast.  

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