In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to live together for two years in Ypsilanti State Hospital to see if their beliefs would change.
Vaughan Bell tells the story
of one of the weirdest experiments in the history of psychology. (via
posted by The Mouthchew
on May 27, 2010 -
Suing for libel, UK newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond made a point of denying that he exerts any influence over stories appearing in his papers. He lost his case today
, but reading his paper's website
, you'd be forgiven for thinking he'd actually won it! [more inside]
posted by salo
on Jul 23, 2009 -
Youtubes of Dawkins lecturing from Lynchburg, VA, reading excerpts from 'The God Delusion' in Pt.1
& an entertaining Q&A session in Pt.2
; in related news, Sam Harris
elucidates the dangers of religious moderation...
posted by Rufus T. Firefly
on Nov 25, 2006 -
isn't just a fabulous movie
it's a syndrome where you pretend to be (or believe you are) sick in order to get attention. There is also a well-known syndrome called Munchausen By Proxy
where a parent makes a child sick. And now (here it comes) there's Munchausen By Internet
people pretending to have illnesses on the net to get attention. It's a subject I would have scoffed at a few days ago, but now....
posted by fraying
on May 21, 2001 -