What do Einstein, Nobel prize-winning scientist Barbara McClintock and Sir Isaac Newton have in common, besides being extraordinary scientists?
They were diligent daydreamers who intentionally dropped into a state of reverie to enhance their thinking and conceptualizing.
And were they alive today, and attending a conventional school, they might be diagnosed with a newly-minted disorder: ‘Sluggish Cognitive Tempo‘. And prescribed medication to prevent daydreaming.
It’s no joke, not even a bad one.
This venal act is really happening, and thanks to drug companies like Eli Lilly and a passel of doctors shilling for them, stories are being whipped up and seeded across the continent to spur ‘diagnosis’ and, of course, drug sales.
You can view a long list of doctors shilling for drug companies promoting ‘SCT’ and other ROI-celebrated ADHD spinoffs on this website. Check out the Wikipedia entry for Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and you’ll see it was entirely written by one of these individuals.
In other words, if you bump up against a diagnosis for your child, or any child you might know, take an extra sniff and you’ll likely sense the fetid converegence of bogus science, money and compromised ethics.
Daydreaming is a good thing. Not if you’re landing a plane or doing brain surgery, but it is scientifically proven to be restorative as well as a prime for creative and critical thinking as well as healing. It’s good for you and me and our children and it should be ‘prescribed’, at least once per day. You can read the reasons here.
If researchers are really looking for reasons that might account for ‘sluggishness’ in children they might consider diet, sleep, stress levels, curriculum choices and lack of physical activity. They also might just ask the kids what’s going on for them when they appear ‘spaced out’. They might be surprised by what they find. After all, Einstein was castigated by his highschool teachers as a careless daydreamer and assigned a failing grade in math. He later said he used this class time to formulate the basis for his Theory of General Relativity.