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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Of TV and Decorated Needles

OK, I'm about to demonstrate my awesome analytical skills to you.

Here are two stories that were making their rounds on the blogosphere this past week:

Study: Decorated Needles Calm Patients:  Researchers at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center believe they have found a way to make patients less fearful of needles — decorate them with butterflies, flowers and smiley faces.

TV found to be a painkiller for children:  Sometimes the numbing effect of TV can be helpful. Especially if you're a kid being stuck with a needle at the hospital. Researchers confirmed the distracting power of television — something parents have long known — when they found that children watching cartoons suffered less pain from a hypodermic needle than kids not watching TV.

My conclusion (besides the one that researchers do not have enough to do to occupy their time)?

TVs are a type of decorated needle.

That's why I get paid the big bucks, folks.

Posted by Workplace Prof on August 20, 2006 at 10:01 AM in Culture | Permalink


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And I'm thinking, but a TV isn't all pointy. Maybe the power plug is the point. That would make the decorated part the screen. No, wait, I'm, thinking of a pushpin, not a needle.

It was around there that I realized, oh, metaphorically. Yes, that does make some sense.

Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Aug 20, 2006 12:28:31 PM

OK, OK, you got me (there is always a true logician in cyberspace). This is clearly not a good formal syllogism with premises and middle terms and all that.

But doesn't the conclusion strike you as valid nonetheless?

Posted by: laborprof | Aug 20, 2006 10:57:36 AM

Dude, I am so totally calling fallacy of the undistributed middle term on you.

Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Aug 20, 2006 10:52:48 AM

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