In this show, therapy is aerobic exercise--patients and therapists jump up and pace, hurl objects, and/or run out of the office. Is this how they do things in New York? Where I come from, passive aggression works just fine--why work yourself into a tizzy when you can just lapse into sullen silence or fail to show up for your next appointment? -- Ars Psychiatrica commenting on the HBO program, In Treatment
Also, be sure to check out Cheryl Fuller's ongoing discussion of In Treatment.
Not many schools in California recruit
teachers with language like this: "We are looking for hard working
people who believe in free market capitalism. . . . Multi-cultural
specialists, ultra liberal zealots, and college-tainted oppression
liberators need not apply."
Earlier this week, The Situationist posted a brief discussion of the implications of a practical, reliable lie detection system for jury deliberations and decision-making. One reaction I had was that this is a premature discussion. From what I've read, fMRI lie detection, the system getting a great deal of attention lately, is a far cry from the perfect lie detection system. Since the post was presented as a thought experiment--a what if discussion--I really didn't have a strong objection to it.
But law professor Tamara Piety is troubled by excessive enthusiasm for this system and responded with a lengthy comment. She notes that "the prospect of accurate fMRI lie detection is (as I understand it)
still relatively remote, while the dangers of courts and the public
leaping to adopt the latest technology that purports to offer reliable
lie detection is fairly proximate and of grave concern."
The Situationist thought the comment was so good that it deserved posting outside the comment section. I agree and recommend that you get on over there and read it.
I've posted somewhere around 1000 vintage photos. If you want to take a quick look at some thumbnail images, Google has over 500 of them in its image search results for Dr X.Of course, you can always use the name search index (updated monthly) or the image post category which takes you through all 1000+ images beginning with the most recent image posts and working backward toward earlier posts.
And, here is the photo that triggered my little obsession with photo blogging.
David Brooks continues to impress me with his thoughtfulness:
The American legal system is based on a useful falsehood. It’s based on the falsehood that this is a nation of laws, not men; that in rendering decisions, disembodied, objective judges are able to put aside emotion and unruly passion and issue opinions on the basis of pure reason.