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
7 December 2006

US Supreme Court Justices Debate

Reading a report on Slate of a debate between US Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer (moderate) and Antonin Scalia (right wing) one cannot but be impressed by the quality of the reporting. How many journalists in South Africa would be able to report on the South African Constitutional Court Justices in this manner? Maybe Carmel Rickard, at a push.
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