I was very much amused by Mr. Stephen White’s comment letter that appeared July 29 in response to a July 20 Commentary in The Tribune ("As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness - and, sometimes, demonic possession"). In his narrow view, Mr. White is actually reacting to the use of the phrase “demonic possession.”
The very qualified researcher is doing what Mr. White actually says he should do, “...study the phenomenon, gather data, write a report and get it peer reviewed.” You can be sure the peer review will come when our researcher’s book is finished, and for want of a better term, the researchers uses the term “ demonic Possession” to reference the inexplicable phenomenon. Maybe our erudite Mr. White should have suggested some other term to describe the detailed phenomenon about which he know nothing.
This topic brings to mind how ignorant we are of the natural order of things. Hamlet said it best; “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Jerome Kapacinskas, Arroyo Grande