Monday Miscellany: Schizophrenia, Special Editions, Shirts

1. Aaron T. Beck is the father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, widely regarded as the best evidence-based therapy, and usually put as solution to the previous dominant tradition of psychoanalytic (that is, coming from Freudian ideas) therapies. From Wikipedia:

“The American Psychoanalytic Institute rejected Beck’s membership application, “on the grounds that his mere desire to conduct scientific studies signaled that he’d been improperly analyzed”, a decision that still makes him angry.”

2. Apparently, congenital blindness prevents schizophrenia.

…wait, what?

3. Nature ran a special issue on depression, and none of it is behind a paywall.

4. I almost never like TED talks, but this one on Health Leads both points at an important problem and comes up with a potential…patch. (Not a solution, but significantly better than the current state of affairs)

5. Ozy on the Curb Cut Effect

6. I have developed a serious flinch from scandals that are hashtags (I’m looking at you, #shirtstorm and #Gamergate) but this is a good post (also from Ozy) about Zoe Quinn and this is a good post about bad shirts* and ethics on the internet.

7. Congressman Who Voted to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients Busted For Cocaine. That is the headline, that is not The Onion.

8. Look, some fictional character’s lives would have been significantly better if they’d had an abortion. For instance…

Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

It becomes abundantly clear after the birth of Mary that things are not going to get better; Mr and Mrs Bennet at last have an overdue conversation about the state of their finances and reluctantly agree that trying again and hoping for a boy is a terrible plan of action. With only one overtly ridiculous relative (Mary’s much less dour when she’s not trying to distinguish herself from four beautiful sisters), Jane has no problem marrying Mr Bingley the first time he proposes. Mr. Wickham barely comes near the Bennets, who consider him a pleasant, if vague, acquaintance. There is no scandal attached to the family. Mrs. Bennet does not worry herself into an early grave trying to marry off five daughters, and actually finds herself enjoying her old age.

*This is an aesthetic, not political, snark. I like my shirts with one or fewer mostly-naked people of any gender.

Things I Read This Week

I started a bunch of unengaging books, including My Age of Anxiety (Scott Stossel), Bad Science (Ben Goldacre), and On China (Henry Kissinger), and consequently, this list is short on recommendations.

Speaker For the Dead, Orson Scott Card
This was the Ender novel Card actually set out wanting to write. It was spectacular.

Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed
I cried a lot, in the best way.

2 thoughts on “Monday Miscellany: Schizophrenia, Special Editions, Shirts

  1. Quote from the Shirt Article I strongly disagree with:

    “Your Job Is Probably Not A Vehicle For Self-Expression.”

    I just think this is a horrible concept to explicitly normalize. People expect to spend at least 40 hours a week at their job. Many spend more like 50 (or more). Assuming 7 hours of sleep (this is very realistic) people are spending at least 1/3 of their hours at work. Society needs to move toward norms where people have way more room for self expression at all. And this includes clothing. The current standard for working conditions is oppressive and terrible (Even for “good” jobs and is beyond terrible for lower income workers).

    This line barely makes any sense “Well, I guess, to the extent you think freedom means you can wear whatever you want to your job.” Of course being able to wear whatever you want to your job is freedom. Its arguably not the most important freedom but a society where people can wear what they want is more free than one where they can’t.

    I am not in favor of banning dress codes (though I don’t encourage them). And I agree he shouldn’t have worn the shirt. But I really disagree with the general argument in that article.

  2. I’m fond of that series from Orson Scott Card, although I feel like I’m in the minority for enjoying Children of the Mind. Speaker for the Dead is a good break point; if you continue on, I recommend a hard stop before or after Ender’s Shadow. The shift in Mr. Card’s writing came during the follow-up series.

    I’ll defend “Your Job Is Probably Not A Vehicle For Self-Expression.” When you’re on the clock, you’re representing your organization. If you work for myself, that’s me. If I work for you, I’m representing you. If my self-expression is undermining what you want me to accomplish in that job, that’s a bad job for me to have. Either you find a job that fits your self-expression or you constrain that expression to the role you fill in the job. If you’re offering the job, you’re free to allow as much self-expression as you like,but you may find that you want you and your organization represented in ways that are not compatible with broad self-expression from everyone you hire.

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