Docsplainin' -- it's what I do

Docsplainin'--it's what I do.
After all, I'm a doc, aren't I?

Monday, November 30, 2009


According to this month's AARP magazine, Sting (the artist formerly known as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) says that winter is "a time when we reflect. As global warming takes over, we're losing some important balance in our psychological makeup... we need that time to regenerate."

As Riley the parrot is fond of asking me, "Whatwhatwhat??"

We, who? Northern white male European honkies like Himself? What about all those people who live in the Torrid Zone? Africans must have been seriously psychologically out of balance for thousands of years, hunh. Central Americans, too. Wonder how they managed to produce some of those magnificent civilizations of yore without all that reflection and regeneration time?

What about all those people for whom it's all winter, all the time? By this theory they should have produced truckloads of "reflection". Inuits and Norwegians must have some kind of lock on psychological balance, hunh.

This is why people who (a) don't know anything at all about psychology, and (b) are so glaringly culturally short-sighted should never, ever pontificate about the subject. Especially not for attribution.

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