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It is a strange thing to sit at the end of a very long, very intense road that is training to be a physician and take a look back on the winding, arduous road I took to get here. I am now endeavoring to prove I have done all of it by gathering documentation of the past 15 years of my life in excruciating detail. With just one final test to go, my neurology boards, I have become an absolute master at the ubiquitous modern knowledge measuring tool, namely I can fill bubbles on a scan sheet in completely, inside the lines with a no. 2 pencil, choosing only one answer and always guessing if I don’t know.
It is amazing how standardized tests have become the mainstay of education these days. Colleges and medical schools use them to differentiate students, nations use them to compare their system to other nations, and No Child Left Behind uses them to set minimum standards for funding our schools. We use them to prove we can drive in most states. We use them to measure IQ’s all over the internet. We use them to poll current public opinion. We use them to test marketing for the latest breakfast sandwich. Mensa and the triple nine society determine your eligibility for geniushood by these tests. Everyone can be boiled down to how they fill out these neat little bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »
Okay, I think I have the obsessive dopamine circuit running in my head, because try as I might, I just couldn’t stop myself from putting together my collection of the posts, videos, and other good stuff on the internet. So rejoice in my neuroses and share in its abundance. Read the rest of this entry »