Silence is very powerful against amateur trolls and obnoxious academic authorities with very little power in their hands to break a strong wall of silence imposed by the masses; the only argument is to use wisely their only power to persuade their subordinate students: intimidation and reprisal of your grades – depending on the disobedience and disrespect to powerful authorities able to punish a numerical variable (0 – 5) with reliable methods of quantifying the subjective; I don’t have to explain why your competences in pharmacology deserve a 5.0 or a 1.0, discontent and dissent is not allowed because your indoctrination is imperative – this is the church of psychiatric inquisition, books are literal knowledge that cannot be interpreted freely to attack the ecclesiastic authority of your professors (indoctrinators, dictators, whatever…) and directives (cardinals and popes). Who told you that freedom of thought is allowed after years of brainwashing – it seems that the process is finally flowing easily because now you are listening my written words of wisdom without any response of dissent or discontent; it is something that deserves to be rewarded with numbers instead of words that you might use against my authority – but you’ll not because finally you accepted the powerless situation of a dictators with only one power in their hands – that it is important only because you fear a 2.9 more than anything in your world of subjective education measured by objective numbers. In fact, you also evaluate your indoctrinators and are able to complain with authorities that will discipline and punish those daring to behave as a real professor; but, think about about the following question: Does long term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?
Question 1 (3 Points – 40% first test – oh, by the way, the other test was a joke that you didn’t understood – your problem, not mine…)
Read the Maudsley paper about psychiatric drugs (URL above) + the 18 rapid responses (n=18). Write a letter to The BMJ editor In English and send it via the rapid response tab located in the webpage of Journal. Evaluation will reward your disobedience with a 3.0 points and punish the easily manipulated students doing whatever their professor ask.
Now, here is the other part of the exam, it is the most difficult one because now you have 40% of the number you love it with such intensity that I’ll give it to you without fearing losing the power of written words that’ll be understood by one or thirty students; maybe nobody will bother to complete the more demanding task of this exam, it is only 0.5 that you’ll lose if you decide to answer this letter because your professor is so opinionated writing words full of incoherences because commas are omitted not because I fear the reprisal of lawyers, look to the left of the comma and you’ll understand that a lawyer means somebody able to read and answer this letter with compelling arguments very different to fallacious statements which I’ll request a retraction or correction by the means of an open peer-review, it is not that I’m looking for the help of international lawyers to fight against the juridical office of the University; perhaps my overconfidence needs to be punished by a mob of students before the open-peer review in which The BMJ legal team as well as members of the academic community of the University will have to learn English – whether they want it or not, to answer questions that were ignored by the means of a strong wall of silence and ostracism that seems to be the very same argument of the students in the University, silence is an answer, anyway.
Let me show you an argument of power that’ll give it away as a challenge instead of bribing your retractions or corrections
Question number 2.0 (1.0 points): the power of questions and statements against the burden of proof
Don’t ask me questions about anything posted on this blog, specially here: https://chaoticpharmacology.com/2015/09/16/re-twitter-account-of-the-journal-colombia-medica-health-faculty-council-meeting-april-21-2015/
Power tends to corrupt …
That’s why I liberate information to empower those who understand and appreciate their value, whether they are in Colombia or outside their geopolitical borders: a story of science fiction. It is different when people lie to themselves writing a fallacious argument easily retractable because fallacies might be used to detect a fallacious statement, question, accusation or counter-argument visible at a first glance by someone skilled in the art of retracting what seems non-retractable by those who respect self-proclaimed (false) authorities that you empower with your obedience and adulation, it was a really disgusting and unpleasant experience to read the “PLIEGO DE IRREGULARIDADES…” which is overly-fallacious, poorly written, overly-polite, and – the worst argument among hundreds of letters lacking creativity, imagination, legal knowledge, and aesthetics -definitely was the adulatory and submissive words appealing to the pity of a council; while at the same time the very same author of this written lines is challenging all the students willing to intimidate me appealing to the mob and written statements denouncing the irregularities of my courses: do it well, use the power that I’ll give you to write better statements the next time you want to punish a professor, in fact: you are very welcome to use the information disclosed to empower each and everyone of you – but you are just too spoiled and lazy, believing a delusion of academic excellence that is as unreal as your English competences that you just don’t have – and don’t want to, because it’s easier to complain to the directives of a professor who keeps writing despite of your silence. Perhaps, you’ll understand that I don’t recognize any authority and disobey them as easily as this:
Remember that your disobedience will be rewarded with a number that is only important to you – but not me, ignorance of this question will be also rewarded with one point, it doesn’t matter to me at all giving away the objectivity of numbers to satisfy your addiction to grades confirming that your indoctrination is going well – but outside room 101, numbers are useless unless the methods of collection and analysis are impecable – high quality, open access, raw data are the only numbers useful to me; notes to me are like candies on halloween, but the problem here is that your ego will not be satisfied because these written lines are probably torturing the minds of the vast majority of you; that’s something that I enjoy a lot because you are probably understanding what education really is, not a factory of numbers and minds training to obey because their knowledge is implanted after a successful brainwashing of high school, news media, and everything else. Here you’ll learn the power of arguments and evidence, rhetoric and scientific literacy, words and numbers; powerful weapons against charlatans and authoritarians owners of the truth because you believe their lies very easily – propaganda of pharmaceutical companies is what students learn without questioning their veracity, it is like cult of blind believers of anything explained with joy and care; that I’ll not use as a persuasive argument to lie or deceit young minds, which might see the light under the veil of darkness numbing their thoughts and closing their lips, silence is all they have after all because they are being trained to obey – not to question or challenge the authority, remember that I’m not an authority in anything, so, why the silence?
A final comment: I would like to retract myself about the grades, I don’t like to evaluate students – I’m not a judge; but I’ll not use these grades as bribes to manipulate or deceit – which, by the way, it seems so far as a very easy task after feeling the power of a mob – students, professors, and directives were my judges and inquisitors: 15 years of education wasted or used to something valuable: to open the eyes of at least 2-5% of the students who will act following their values and responsibilities – that > 95% of your professors and students don’t have, bystanders and wrongdoers living peacefully in a harmonic environment of propaganda disguised as science; until the stubborn minority (P<0.05) demonstrates that science matters are not democratic or dictatorial statements imposed by a politician disguised as professor – this academic dictatorship is for real, and I don’t care about losing my condition as a tenured slave self-suppressed and indoctrinated; that’s why I’m feeling very confident to act – but, maybe this is a just a bait or something that the masses will not even bother to read; that’s perfect to me, quality is better than quantity, ideas are good or bad, writers are competent or incompetent, students are lazy or curious, whatever and whenever; change and revolution with the power of written words, not gossiping about someone in the hall or behind closed doors ensuring themselves that the author will be unable to backfire and punish the university as a whole for their wrongdoings and incompetence; prove me wrong or I’ll retract you as easily as writing hundreds of words, fluent as a Falcon flying in the air while their prey is unaware of their fate, this is not a scream poorly written crying about the unfair treatment of professors in their tenure track who dared to dissent and challenge the very same authorities that will be exposed naked and powerless; the emperor and the cardinals have no clothes and sunshine is imminent – or not, I’ll do it very slowly because my main concern now is training my students on English grammar; the first is the second, anyway.
“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.” — Jalaluddin Rumi
“Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” — Aristotle
“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.” — Diane Setterfield (The Thirteenth Tale)
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” — Jalaluddin Rumi
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”— Doris Lessing (The Golden Notebook)
“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ” — Roseanne Barr
“It’s not that I’m so smart,” said Einstein, who was a consummate introvert. “It’s that I stay with problems longer.” ― Susan Cain,
“I am large, I contain multitudes” ― Walt Whitman,
“Be curious, not judgmental.”― Walt Whitman
― Walt Whitman
― Susan Cain,
“…remember the dangers of the New Groupthink. If it’s creativity you’re after, ask your employees to solve problems alone before sharing their ideas. If you want the wisdom of the crowd, gather it electronically, or in writing, and make sure people can’t see each other’s ideas until everyone has had a chance to contribute.”― Susan Cain,
“.. it makes sense that introverts are uniquely good at leading intiative-takers. Because of their inclination to listen to others and lack of interest in dominating social situations, introverts are more likely to hear and implement suggestions. Having benefited from the talents of their followers, they are then likely to motivate them to be even more proactive. Introverted leaders create a virtious circle of proactivity.”― Susan Cain,
“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.
No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.”— Tahereh Mafi (Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3))
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”— Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela
Poder, Power”Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
— Oscar Wilde
“The past has no power over the present moment.”
— Eckhart Tolle
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.””To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”— Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
“Power is fortified not just by what it destroys, but also by what it creates. Not just by what it takes, but also by what it gives. And powerlessness reaffirmed not just by the helplessness of those who have lost, but also by the gratitude of those who have (or THINK they have) gained.” ― Arundhati Roy,
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” — Jimi Hendrix
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”— Rudyard Kipling
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
— Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”— Kurt Vonnegut (A Man Without a Country)
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”— Chuck Palahniuk (Choke)
— Alice Walker
― Susan Cain,
― Susan Cain,
― Susan Cain,
— Walt Whitman
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7))
— Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
— Veronica Roth (Allegiant (Divergent, #3))
— Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)