Friday, January 18, 2008

When robots get nervous

"How can you call this a life?" the university graduate from Senegal said, her head swiveling in fear.

Sometimes when writers draw you a word picture, you just want to quietly hand 'em the word eraser and hope they get the idea.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

I thought that signaled demonic possession rather than fear.

2:25 PM, January 18, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Right, good point, but given that Friedkin (1973) suggests that horking up pea-green soup on Max von Sydow is more generally diagnostic of demon possession, I think we need to order more tests.

Not trying to start an argument or anything -- just reminding the first-year students that the clinical situation is often more complicated than what we present them with in the classroom. Especially in your demon situations.

8:50 PM, January 18, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Yes, right, that's why I said "signaled".

More tests are definitely needed. (And yes, the passive voice will be used by me and none shall question my diction, as the saying goes...)

9:17 PM, January 18, 2008  

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