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On Semi-Serious Stuttering Research…

Tom posted a commentary about stuttering and science.  Pretty interesting post actually, as the (original) questioner (to which Tom replies) was in need of some clarification.  In any event, I got labeled as a semi-serious stuttering researcher–which I honestly find quite a bit of good humor in.  So let’s delve into that a bit…

First off, I am semi-serious.  To be absolutely honest, I value my relationship with God, my wife and my two daughters much more than I value my profession.  If I wanted to be a serious researcher, I would have found a post-doc in neurophys and then pharmaceuticals, and then sought out a position at a real R1 university.  But post-docs have awful hours and pay, and I owed it to my wife to begin earning a career.  Further, I’ve never met a happy alpha-researcher.  And further, I honestly don’t see any (stuttering) paradigmatic revolutions in the near future, as we (i.e., humanity) doesn’t even have a clue as to how to conceive of the phenomenon.  Even the top (or most “serious”) ‘researchers’ in the field continue to see it as a speech pathology, and most view it as a behavior.  Fail on both accounts.

In short, we cannot measure what we do not recognize.  And I am utterly confident that we are not recognizing the stuttering phenomenon for what it is.  As a result, stuttering research is really nothing more than cargo-cult science.  Consequently, this allows me to focus on the now–the personal empowerment of the stuttering community–as a means of improving the Quality of Life in people who stutter stutterers.

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