Megan McArdle Reax

by Ben Cohen

A reader writes in response to my post on Megan McArdle’s nonsensical writing:

My take on Meagan is she is an extremely bright,

well educated, schizophrenic. And yes, I do mean that in the clinical

sense. One of the classic signs/symptoms of schizophrenia is what has been

called “cognitive slippage.” There is a noun, a verb, adjectives and

adverbs, but it is as if the intellectual cogwheels slipped. The sentence

just does not make any sense. “I’m thinking of Father Xmas on the rebound”

is what one young schizophrenic woman said.Too bad we can’t get her to give an interpretation

of a proverb such as “There is no use crying over spilled milk.”

Schizophrenic’s interpretations of proverbs are quite illustrative of cognitive

slippage.A second opinion is she is writing when she has had

too much to drink. My better bet is the first.Incidentally, I am a clinical psychologist of 35

years experience.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.