Creative Curmudgeonhood

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Some Advice for Women Who Donít Like to Wear Stockings and Donít Know How to Swim (And Many Others)

Today is a very productive day for me. After mentioning a book I had read several years ago titled Gossip, Grooming and the Development of language, I remembered that the author has been sanctioned for ethical lapses in one of his recent scientific papers.  Modern electronics has led to many sophisticated programs that are finding more and more such lapses than were previously detected.  We have never boycotted alcoholic authors; so do we need a new organization for nonalcoholic, wayward authors to meet each other regularly for self-rehabilitation in the spirit of AA (alcoholics anonymous)?  This is fair because most such authors were undetectable in their era.

Very soon after this conversation I was walking to the public library and saw a flapper with a pastel tattoo on one leg that could just as well have simulated a nylon (silk) stocking.  However, two such tattooed legs could be unsatisfactory even for non-swimmers---think about beachwear for non-swimmers.  And, besides, suppose our non-swimmer subsequently learned to swim. 

As a general physician who practiced for sixty years, I cannot remember any middle aged patient with a tattoo who remained glad of having the tattoo.  Show this to young relatives and friends because it might help them to avoid tattooing.

Back to gossip and grooming: grooming can cement relationships of only a few individuals; language suffices for a hundred or so people permitting tribalism.  (Very soon mankind must rise above tribalism.) 

The foregoing confusion is creative curmudgeonhood.

Addendum: We all learn from each other in ways that cannot be documented or analyzed. Consider a reviewer of scientific articles who learns from a manuscript that ends up not being published.  At some future time an insight occurs to him that depends on the occult knowledge mentioned in the previous sentence.  This thought will help us to be supportive of the AA analogue groups if they should come to pass.  

John A. Frantz, MD 

August 20, 2014