Psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer says that doctors should follow rules of thumb rather than weigh numerous factors when treating patients.
Imagine a world of mind-over-matter, where a psychological snap of the fingers takes you into a parallel universe of perfect health and unlimited happiness. Sound like a video game? Or maybe a movie you saw a few years ago? Well, it is called “The Matrix,” but according to Dr. Raphael Kellman, it’s not fiction.
President Bush, lamenting the Virginia Tech dead, encouraged his citizens, mindful of further atrocities, to report "abnormal behavior." But what should count as sufficiently "abnormal," in America now, to warrant the attention of either doctors or the police? Can the children of struggling minorities in America's celebrity-obsessed cultic capitalism not be forgiven (or understood, at least) for following the call of Milton's Satan and imagining that it's "better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven"?
The home page for the drug Havidol features an attractive person smiling contentedly, a link to prescribing information (including a chemical formula), and the standard side effects spiel now familiar to anyone who's seen TV drug commercials. But neither the drug, nor the condition it treats, are real.