Psychology professor who researchers "vampires" reportedly caught licking student's blood in class


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Professoratu


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#23

Also, he may have skipped Customs & Immigration when his ship ran aground at Whitby.


#24

with a title like that should you even care?

Part 1 is 105 minutes
Part 2 is 90 minutes
Part 3 is 102 minutes.

so yeah, it’s kind of important.


https://youtu.be/VppymQ6p9bU


#25

you sir win the internet today… thank you.


#26

The vast majority of people I’ve known who major in Psych would do better in major therapy.


#27

faith in gravity and gravity are not the same thing, so technically no.


#28

Dracula reboot idea #7,398: Professor Van Helsing WAS THE REAL VAMPIRE ALL ALONG.

(Call me, Hollywood)


#29

Unlike desires and needs, gravity isn’t dependent on my psychological processes. So that’s really not a good analogy.

What’s the difference between believing that I need to suck blood and feeling the need to suck blood? The former seems just like an automatic cognitive processing of the subjective sensation of the latter - i.e. it’s difficult to imagine a case where they don’t go hand in hand.


#30

Existentially it’s a pretty solid analogy

Ask an alcoholic, they go through this 24/7, except not with blood.


#31

If an alcoholic goes cold turkey, they get potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms. Their need is not imaginary and their belief that they need to drink alcohol to avoid undesirable short-term consequences is “correct.” (Not to say they wouldn’t be better off without it.)

This doesn’t answer the question in any way.

EDIT: Alright, now I think I understand where we diverge - you are taking the difference to be between urges/craving and a cognitive, articulated desire (“I really feel like having a drink.” v. “I really know that I shouldn’t.”). But that’s not quite what I mean - I’m talking about “I really feel like I need blood for sustenance” v. “I believe that I need to drink blood to survive.” - which really seem practically indistinguishable to me.

EDIT 2: Nah, I’m wrong. There is a difference, I get it now.


#32

I took a course at UT back in '73 or so called Vampirism in Eastern Europe. Not only was it a hoot and an easy A, I actually learned quite a bit from it. An interesting intro to Anthropology. The professor said that he got interested in this area as a researcher in rural Canada asking around the farms of immigrants about their myths and beliefs, wanting see how these things might have traveled from the Old World. Mostly, he was welcomed and invited in for food. Except for one farm that did not want to let him in. They were frightened of something. After getting them to talk a little bit, they admitted that Granny was a vampire, something he certainly was not expecting. So he got quite interested in the vampire myths of Eastern Europe, which turned out to vary widely among very small regions.


#33

So how much of the vampire literature uses this theme?


#34

It would have been better to link to the original article in Mysterious Universe. The article in the Daily Post is poorly written and makes it sound as if the student purposefully cut herself and tasted her own blood:

“According to papers lodged at an employment tribunal hearing in Cardiff one of his students cut herself and licked the blood from the wound after one of his classes.”


#35

I’ll be in my coffin…


#36

It was laying in my grave, for some reason; I’ve had it moved over a plot.


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#38

How is being caught any different from being observed?


#39

There is a reason for that, BTW.

Scientists tend to pursue a field that they have an interest in. A large proportion of psychologists have personal or family experience of mental illness.


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