September 5, 2007
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. — E.B. White
I don’t want to spoil the punchline of this Onion story, Woman Overjoyed By Giant Uterine Parasite, but let’s just say that there is nothing like the power of irony to drive a stake through the distinction between empirical observations and value judgements.
This is really the best argument I have come across to explain what’s wrong with the psychiatric medical model. It’s not that mental conditions aren’t correlated with changes in biochemistry or neural brain state. Its the value judgment that is implied in labeling the phenomena an illness. And this little Onion article does a great job of conveying that.
It’s got me wondering what other naturally occurring conditions can be explained/judged in more than one way?