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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
14 February 2007

Boucher’s bum….

A story on News24 on why so many women go to the cricket these days, caught my eye. The eye-popping quote:

Interviewed on TV, one young woman said she came to watch because she loved the game, her friend came for a tan, and another wanted to see “Boucher’s bum”.

Don’t think the woman would have mentioned Boucher’s bum 15 years ago. Can we say it constitutes advancement in gender equality when men are also treated as sex objects?

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