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Friday, December 17, 2004

Fiction Science Friday 

Following last Friday's foray into the world of scientists with too much time on their hands and no respect for creativity, this week brings news from the University College in London, where students, lead by someone who apparently already has a degree, have diagnosed Gollum with schizoid personality disorder. The diagnosis is a fairly good one, I suppose, being that the patient is fictional.

My question: why are professors wasting their (and their students') time on this crap??? I happen to be quite sure there are plenty of actual, non-fictional crazies within the limits of the City of London who would more than qualify as subjects for students' case studies. And why is the BMJ bloody publishing it? Does this crap even count under the 'publish or perish' guidelines of academia??

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