Can you believe it?
After Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Franz Boas, Stephen Jay Gould, Ashley Montagu, Milton Friedman, Betty Friedan, Theodor Adorno, Richard Hofstadter, Irving Kristol, Ayn Rand, Herbert Marcuse, Allen Ginsberg, Al Goldstein, Jacques Derrida and all the rest of their ilk, can you believe that another destructive Jew had a big impact on American culture?
“Stanford psychology and law professor David Rosenhan could transfix an audience in a crowded lecture hall with just a few words.
“What is abnormality?” he would ask undergraduate students, his deep and resonant golden voice building and booming. “What are we here for? Some things will be black … Others will be white. But be prepared for shades of gray.”
Rosenhan would know. His own life, as I would later find out, was filled with shades of gray.
He wasn’t particularly attractive — the word often used to describe him was “balding” — but there was something magnetic, even seductive, about him, especially in front of a crowd.
His students called it a gift, describing his ability to “rivet a group of two to three hundred students with dynamic lectures that are full of feeling and poetry.” One student recalled how Rosenhan opened one of his lectures while sitting on a student’s lap — as a way to test the class’ reaction to abnormal behavior. …
His research work was also groundbreaking. In 1973, Rosenhan published the paper “On Being Sane in Insane Places” in the prestigious journal Science, and it was a sensation. The study, in which eight healthy volunteers went undercover as “pseudopatients” in 12 psychiatric hospitals across the country, discovered harrowing conditions that led to national outrage. His findings helped expedite the widespread closure of psychiatric institutions across the country, changing mental-health care in the US forever. …
Rosenhan, I began to realize, may have been the ultimate unreliable narrator. And I believe it’s possible some of the other pseudopatients he mentioned in his study never existed at all. “