Quote of the week

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
27 April 2007

FW de Klerk foundation on affirmative action

Dave Stewart from the FW de Klerk Foundation responds today to my article on affirmative action in the Cape Times. It seems to me he argues from a false premise, namely that one must necessarily choose between high standards and affirmative action. This argument seems to suggest that black people are for the moment inherently inferior, which is rather unfortunate.
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