Borealis wrote:Feel free to comment as well as read.
Lex wrote:I would much rather have surgery performed on me by a doctor who skimped on classical studies and focused on his specialty. Likewise with riding in an airplane; I would much rather it was designed by a geeky engineer who really knows his aerodynamics or stress mechanics any day over one who skimped on those to study classics.
Borealis wrote:Lex wrote:I would much rather have surgery performed on me by a doctor who skimped on classical studies and focused on his specialty. Likewise with riding in an airplane; I would much rather it was designed by a geeky engineer who really knows his aerodynamics or stress mechanics any day over one who skimped on those to study classics.
Interesting how the doctors seem to disagree with you...
Borealis wrote:"The careless or the superficial man is not suited either to the practice of medicine or to the conduct of experiments for the elucidation of medical problems...
Borealis wrote:Now there has been found nowhere a better training for the thinking apparatus of the young than the study of Latin and Greek.
Borealis wrote:And the direct value of Greek and Latin, especially of the former, as aids to the exact meaning of medical terms, as shown by their derivatives, is disputed by no one.
Geoff wrote:Some doctors, (or any other professional) without great discipline in study, can excel in their field regurgitating facts and learn what is taught. The study of classics (the language especially) doesn't guarantee that this will not happen, but it teaches and hones skills essential to good thought and study like very few others.
Geoff wrote:The reason that it is preferred over many other detailed studies is the wide range of influence that these studies have. Whereas one can learn a great deal about study by examining ants they will be hard pressed to apply the things they've learned in other areas including day to day affairs and detailed study in other fields. The study of Latin and Greek plus the study of those ancient texts have a relevancy which is rivaled by very few other studies.
Geoff wrote:A doctor who has not merely been through a classics course, but learned and demonstrated proficiency of study and thought through excellence in the classics is no doubt better equipped to do his job if he chooses (unlike Lector). However, Lector chose to be insane and no doubt his classical training was a contributing factor to his criminal skill.
Geoff wrote:I am by no means a "classicist", but I think the education system would be much improved if these studies were once again considered essential.
Lex wrote:Yeah. Interesting how those doctors you are quoting are in academia, and all the quotes that have dates are from the 1940's at the latest....
Emma_85 wrote:Woah, missed this discussion!
Anyway, I've found something that Lex and I can sort of agree on! (I'm on your side, Lex)
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