A description of organisations trying to be all things to all people

In order to rectify the error, here is a nice clean post on the concept that adds a couple of further thoughts to the original formulation. The original Shackel paper is intended as a critique of post-modernism.

A description of organisations trying to be all things to all people

Posted on August 29, by Scott Alexander [Epistemic status: Pieced together from memory years after the event. I may have mis-remembered some things or gotten them in the wrong order. Aside from that — and the obvious jokes — this is all true. Some psychiatrists love this test.

There was a study that supposedly proved this test worked. Why not join the great tradition of scientists, going back to Galileo and Newton, and make my mark on the world?

Why not replace my griping about bipolar screening with an experiment about bipolar screening, an experiment done to the highest standards of the empirical tradition, one that would throw the entire weight of the scientific establishment behind my complaint?

For it would turn out a whole host of excellent reasons that I was about to learn. It was locked, as always. After enough knocking, a lady finally opened the door and motioned for me to sit down at a paperwork-filled desk.

A description of organisations trying to be all things to all people

The training was several hours of videos about how the Nazis had done unethical human experiments. Then after World War II, everybody met up and decided to only do ethical human experiments from then on.

And the most important part of being ethical was to have all experiments monitored by an Institutional Review Board IRB made of important people who could check whether experiments were ethical or not.

I went back to the corner office, Study Investigator Certification in hand. The lady still looked skeptical. They would probably screw up and start building concentration camps or something.

They needed an attending high-ranking doctor to sign on as Principal Investigator before the IRB would deign to hear their case.

A description of organisations trying to be all things to all people

I knew exactly how to handle this: It was the weirdest thing. Finally, there was only one doctor left — Dr.

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W, the hardest-working attending I knew, the one who out of some weird masochistic impulse took on every single project anyone asked of him and micromanaged it to perfection, the one who every psychiatrist in the whole hospital including himself had diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

A feeling of dread in my stomach, I walked back to the tiny corner office. It started with a section on my research question. Next was a section on my proposed methodology. A section on possible safety risks. A section on recruitment. A section on consent. I asked the lady who worked in the tiny corner office whether, since I was just going to be asking bipolar people whether they ever felt happy and then sad, maybe I could get the short version of the New Study Application?

She told me that was the short version. It started by asking about our study design, which was simple: When we got patients, I would give them the bipolar screening exam and record the results.

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We usually got about twenty new patients a week; if half of them were willing and able to join our study, we should be able to gather about a hundred data points over the next three months. It was going to be easy-peasy. That was the first ten pages or so of the Application. And more questions, all along the same lines.

I double-dog swore to give everybody really, really good consent forms.Here are ten things really smart people do to have a mind that can see the external for the object of beauty and enlightenment that it truly is.

A voice that is trying to make the world seem. Free business-day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon. Why is the PM trying to sell Catholic education funding to the Aussie people by saying they desperately need it?

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The Catholic Church is one of the richest organisations in the world, they could sell 1 Grand Master painting & fund Aussie schools for 50 yrs! [Epistemic status: Pieced together from memory years after the event. I may have mis-remembered some things or gotten them in the wrong order.

Aside from that – and the obvious jokes – this is all true. IoT Village is a hacking event for sharing security research on internet of things devices. The place for IoT hacking, workshops, talks, and contests.

Thanks, Dr. Sullivan. I think the unstated definition of “diversity” at a company I contracted for (and you have often praised) gives a bit of additional insight to the type of candidates most companies look for:”We hire all types of young, attractive, enthusiastic, largely white, upper-middle class people just like us.”.

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