Not Now — I am Hypnotizing the Chickens

April 27, 2010 at 3:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Chickens.  Lots of chickens.

The poor things don't even have their own cubicles!

I kept cracking up as I read this New York Times piece on the use of PowerPoint in the military. Who knew that there was such an apt phrase for the act of dazzling and boring a credulous audience into submission?

On a slightly more serious note, if you’d like to start your day with the lash of indignation, you have only to read this exercise in arrogance by psychiatrist Daniel Carlat, who is proud that he now spends a few moments talking to his patients before whipping out his prescription pad even though doing so reduces his profits slightly. Be still my heart. I’m fascinated by how he pairs an unquestioning faith in the psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual with a cheerful willingness to slap a patient with fiercely addictive uppers and downers without apparently mentioning the substantial long-term risks. Even more interesting — and, frankly, discouraging — is how many of the comments praise him for for his insight. If this is an example of refreshing modesty, then our standards for psychiatrists must be very low indeed.

I have been considering what the heck to do with this blog now that I am apparently not bipolar. I don’t really see closing up shop, and he idea of launching a campaign against the psychiatric establishment makes me more weary than an hour of PowerPoint. I have a lot — a lot — to say about the evils of the 21st Century, so don’t be surprised if I hare off in that direction.

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