Monday, December 10, 2018




Dan said...

I'd say if you find a roomful of men face down ass up facing Mecca it is the OK
to judge them as a group......just before tossing a grenade into the room.

Unknown said...

It's silly to pretend that group trends don't exist.

Anonymous said...

Stereotypes exist because they reflect observable realities.

The saying "You cannot judge a book by its cover." is misquoted. It is, more accurately "You cannot ALWAYS judge a book by its cover."

That means most of the time you can.

Anonymous said...

"Sorry sir, can't fire bomb Tokyo. My pen pal Tanaka lives there & he's a decent man"

Mike_C said...

A person who condemns a person based on group tendencies is an asshole. But it is valid to suspect and expect group-typical behavior until proven otherwise.

That's why your differential for chest pain is different depending on whether the patient is a 60-yo fat man reeking of cigarette smoke, clutching a Big Mac in one hand, versus a 25-yo female marathon runner, right?

Anonymous said...

I gotta point out again that the good Sergeant later goes on to say "I damn ALL 'gentlemen'"
Ironic, no?
Boat Guy

The Gray Man said...

Judging men one at a time is best when you're able to do that. Judging men by a group is what you must do when you're not. If you've got any survival instinct left in you (which is saying a lot since much of Western Civ has had that instinct bred or brainwashed out of them) you should be able to assess which is more appropriate for your situation.

METT-TC loosely applies.

The Gray Man said...

Funny story, not meant to change your opinion, but: Had a 14 year old girl (volleyball player) show up in our ER with "chest pain" after practice.

Ok ok, we'll take a look and make sure it's just a little exertional discomfort.

Vital sign machine shows an elevated HR and palpated pulse feels a little irregular. Weird. But I'm sure she's just nervous.

EKG shows... Textbook ACLS classroom simulator-style SVT in the 220-230 range!

99% of the time, we're right, just a little bit of exertional discomfort that's gone before they even finish triage. 99% is really damn good. She was the 1%.