Behind the graph lie a million stories

This film is for Raymond Tallis, Eric Matthews and Patrick Geddes. This is a short film that considers the so-called “two culture” divide between the Arts and the Sciences. The … Continue reading Behind the graph lie a million stories

‘Love the card!’

In an IQ Squared debate on the 12th November 2014, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, as President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists closed his argument by talking through the “Pill Shaming … Continue reading ‘Love the card!’

“Losing yourself in reading”

I thought that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, offered lovely insights on what reading fiction means to her in this interview. I have selected a few passages that resonated … Continue reading “Losing yourself in reading”

I struggle to measure

Subjectivity – that which makes us human – should not simply roll over to data, that in its collection has losses: experience “translated” to words, and then words “translated” to … Continue reading I struggle to measure

Polarization

The Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer, in a Transatlantic letter to his friend Robert Bly, expressed concern about a human failing to always polarise everything into utter good or utter evil: … Continue reading Polarization

The Wharry bridge

In a previous post I outlined my concern that we may be less able to learn if we divide experience into two opposing camps. Bridges have one function and that is … Continue reading The Wharry bridge

Skills and experience: “thrown on the scrap heap”

I recently wrote about my experience of revalidation. My final revalidation just happened to occur on the same date that Dr McCartney had her perspective published in the BMJ. Since … Continue reading Skills and experience: “thrown on the scrap heap”

‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

Yesterday, on the 29th May 2018 I had my last revalidation as a doctor [though I will still have to complete annual appraisals until I retire in 2022]. My experience … Continue reading ‘We must look at the whole impact of revalidation’

My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

British Psychiatry still teaches young doctors to divide the subjective from the objective. I am of the view that this is not just unrealistic but that it is harmful to … Continue reading My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

Experience is the best teacher

2000 years have passed since Cicero said that: “experience is the best teacher” [Usus magister est optimus] This is the current dictionary definition of experience: As a doctor, scientist, and artist I … Continue reading Experience is the best teacher

Should not be confused with

I am principled and so (despite my narcissism) (subjectivity) (which matters) (at least to me) I find that I cannot promote what I create. Yet my work is generally based … Continue reading Should not be confused with

The “Outsiders” exhibition

By chance I recently came across this in the archives of the BMJ. It was published in the Materia Non Medica section of the 2nd March 1979: