Future Doctors

Sadly, future doctors aren’t expected to have anything resembling mental health.

Imagine getting treated by a person with this kind of completely delusional thinking.

13 thoughts on “Future Doctors”

  1. We talk about things as if they are recent, but I just a second ago saw this video with Tucker interviewing a woman associated with Purdue Online Writing Lab (a website I used a lot):

    Purdue writing guide says avoid use of words with ‘man’

    For instance, to be non-sexist and non-biased, say “synthetic” instead of “man-made” and “people” instead of “humanity.” Have you heard anything like that, or is this limited to one website?


      1. // I was taught this in college.

        I wasn’t and was surprised to suddenly see it now. Do you and other academics follow those rules in your writing?


        1. In year 1999 I had a problem with a professor who didn’t want me to use the word “mankind” because it had “man” in it. The problem was that I was using it in a quote. What am I supposed to do, modify a quote?

          So yeah, this isn’t recent.


          1. “What am I supposed to do, modify a quote?”

            Yeah, that’s nuts. I don’t use the word ‘mankind’ myself (except meta-linguistically) but of course I’d keep it in a quote….
            But I do use humanity and humankind.
            And I always use ‘they’ instead of the horrible, awful, terribly sounding ‘he or she’ – I remember once having to listen to someone talk for what seemed like hours with ‘he or she’ his or her’ ‘him or her’ for every. single. pronoun. reference. Like squeaky chalk on a blackboard it was (I’d say fingernails but fingernails on a blackboard don’t bother me).


          2. I don’t use the word “mankind” because I do think it’s sexist, but I wouldn’t criticize anyone else if they want to use this word, because there are a lot more serious problems in the world. The situation above is a clear example of a professor refusing to acknowledge the difference in language between using a word and mentioning it. Would your professor have accepted the quote if you had inserted “sic” after the word “mankind”?


      2. I remember this stuff from the 1980s… and largely agree with avoiding sexist language (perceived by native and non-native speakers somewhat differently).
        It can be taken to absurd degrees (nothing wrong with ‘humanity’) but to me generally less sexist language sounds better.


    1. Hmm… Great fun to be had ! What are they going to do with “wo-man”, “man-age”, “man-ager”, “man-agement” and so on ? Among British feminists in the 1980s the words woman and women were regularly replaced by “wimmin” so as not to use the hated “man” even in those terms referring to females.

      As a budding linguist I was taught that language is identity, but it is clear that language is, and always has been, ideology. The Russian of the Soviet Union was a good case in point.

      It is frightening to see how swiftly Radicals are running through English vocabulary and plundering it, purging it and refashioning it with very little pushback, and not only in academia. The language commissars are always the harbingers of regime change.


      1. // I was taught that language is identity, but it is clear that language is, and always has been, ideology. The Russian of the Soviet Union was a good case in point.

        What is the difference between identity and ideology? Doesn’t the focus on one’s language support nationalism f.e.?

        // It is frightening to see how swiftly Radicals are running through English vocabulary

        I wouldn’t worry too much about the long term effects since English has always been influenced by politics but survived. If you’re a linguist, you’ve likely heard about one of my favorite Orwell’s essays “Politics and the English Language”. The examples he provides are just as ideological as the Russian of the Soviet Union.



        1. Hmm… I do not think it is appropriate for me to start a forum in this comment section as I feel I am a guest of the blog writer’s, namely Clarissa. I’ll make an exception and try to be brief.

          For ideologists, EVERYTHING is seen – or rather, scanned – through the lens of ideology, so if you were to tell them that you do not have an ideology they would promptly reply that not having an ideology is itself a form of ideology.

          No, identity is not the same as ideology. I am a British-educated Italian Jew recently converted to Orthodox Christianity: what is my identity ? Identity is complex and while not exactly fluid it is subject to change and not reducible to its single components. Ideologies tend to be rigid and hardly malleable, which is precisely their point: they are a Weltanschauung through which and around which everything else is built.

          I teach my students that ideology is elevating one big idea to the cornerstone of your mental framework: everything passes through it, and everything else in your life is based on it or explained in relation to it. Rational people will tend to have a variety of ideas, not just one big idea, and will also generally accept the imperfections and contradictions that come with being human and with having human ideas, ie also imperfect and contradictory. If you are ideologically bound, instead, your ideology will be your only frame of reference. When the clash between objective reality [the existence of which is denied and denounced by ideologists as yet another “ideology”] and your ideology leads to cognitive dissonance you will explain away the resulting discrepancies in order to maintain the validity of your ideological framework. Sometimes people do reach a breaking point and may well discard their faulty ideology, or they may simply swap it for another.

          Supporting one’s language does not necessarily lead to nationalism, and in any case I myself do not see anything wrong with nationalism, but this would lead to another discussion, which may one day come up in this blog in relation to globalization. It is interesting to see that in Catalonia Catalan language supporters tend to be on the left, and Castilian language supporters on the right when not in the Franco nostalgic field.

          No, I do not feel offended by your referring me to what is one of Orwell’s most famous essays – which I read as a sixteen-year-old as was the norm for any schoolboy in England until the 1990s. As a matter of fact, I taught a course on Orwell just last semester, and again, the ideological aspects of that essay would require a whole lot of thought and time for an appropriate discussion which I do not feel it is the case here and now.


          1. Thanks for the interesting comment, Avi. Sorry about asking whether you read this essay; as a born-in-Ukraine Israeli Jew, I tend not to know what is widely studied and what isn’t.

            “in any case I myself do not see anything wrong with nationalism” – Neither do I, living in a country resembling an old European nation state in this regard. 🙂 Israel cannot survive without strong nationalism and I for one am grateful my country exists.

            Just a few days ago I mentioned Yael Tamir’s “Why Nationalism” — Princeton University Press (2019) on this blog. Haven’t read the book yet, but the main thesis seems to be defending nationalism as the only realistic ideology capable of forcing states to provide social security / welfare.

            “I am a British-educated Italian Jew recently converted to Orthodox Christianity: what is my identity ?” According to books and former discussions, you’re part of a new global elite. 🙂 Seriously.


            1. No offence taken. Just a little tongue-in-cheek irony, which was not even necessary on my part, sorry. I have not read the book you mention, but I still believe that the advantages of the nation-state outweigh the disadvantages, at least for the time being. Best wishes to you and Israel.


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