Interventional cardiologists. Or as I like to call them, the balloonatics.
A little game one of our professors told us today that he plays when he’s questioning academics who shamelessly promote their own method of doing something, inspite of it’s inherent flaws.
When challenged, you will get one of the following responses:
It’s a very complex field
A clever response as it both makes the suggestion that not only are you, the questioner, too dumb to understand what’s going on but also that he, the responder, is very much clever enough to wrap his head around the full complexity of whatever it is you’re talking about. An insult and a boast in one.
It works 70% of the time
If I were to tell you that I can predict what side a coin will land upwards every time it’s tossed, it’s not going to take many attempts to show I’m bullshitting you. But if I said it works 70% of the time, at what point could you tell if I was telling the truth or not?
You need more training
The ultimate put down. Essentially, you’re too junior to understand.
So if ever you ask a question and you get one of these responses, beware of bullshit.
We had one ECG, ten consultant cardiologists, fifteen different opinions.
Number of signatures demanding full disclosure of government documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster: 156,000
Number of signatures requesting the withdrawal of the Health & Social Care bill: 180,000
Number of signatures protesting the introduction of the Marriage Equality bill: 620,000
So basically we might have a failing NHS, a less than transparent government and police service, a financial system that still has little accountability to the people it serves and large corporations that pay as little corporation tax as possible but hey, as long as we all agree God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, I’m sure we’ll be alright …
Great job Britain, nice to see you’ve got your priorities in order.
The fact that you are willing to admit that you do not know and that the amount of knowledge you still do not have scares you already shows me that you will make a great doctor. It is not a weakness.