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    Do you think that psychology majors have to take a course for telling the difference between a mental illness and the presence of a possessing entity of some sort?

    Obviously the Orisha are going to be good at that sort of thing since they recognize possessing entities as part of their PSP inherent, but for all those normal psychologists and psychiatrists out there do think something on that line is required study? And it would probably get shuffled in with all the other first-year student tropes of "every freshman psychology major thinks they're going to end dealing with X rare thing".

    Along that line, would medical students have to take a course on identifying curses that appear as diseases?

    What other weird "you're never going to run into this but just in case you do, we have to teach it" courses would different career paths have?

    Mechanics learning about gremlins?
    Agriculture students learning about helpful and harmful spirits?


  • #2
    I think that presumes a bit more active supernatural stuff in daily lives than the baseline assumption of the setting.

    Psychology courses already deal with the issues of when something is and isn't an illness; because it's not a simple line in the real world. Is habitually handling deadly snakes an impulse control disorder or a sincere act of religious devotion? You don't need to have the Pantheons of the World to have to address these issues.

    Most other things are going to run into what the medical field saying of if you hear hooves assume horses, not zebras. There's no point in a course on medically treating supernatural curses if (a) mundane doctors are going to see one or two cases in their whole careers and (b) they're still just going to end up treating the symptoms as if it was a normal disease they don't know the cure for.


    • #3
      I don't know, I think that underestimates the number of rules and requirements that exist because once in the history of the organization/field X thing happened.


      • #4
        If you think about the World as our world, it won’t make sense because universities study Science, what we define as science is things that’s are predictable, replicable and we can create an hypothesis on the explanation.

        But at same time there are hundreds of Theology classes around the world, people saying that they are cursed, that god cured them, and other kinds of miracles. Those aren’t not treated as science because we can’t replicate or predict it, so any hypothesis is inapplicable.

        IF in your world, there is a sistemática way to deal with the supernatural, as it happens on Shadowrun, Magic became a science, so there are ways to predict and replicate it to understand it. IN THIS CASE, you would have classes about differentiating possession from mental diseases, as we can mesure the difference between a temporary hormonal imbalance and psychopathic behaviour.

        My way to see The World, keeps the myths unscientific, at least not for mortal standards, this way you won’t get possession classes in psychology courses, or cursing identification in medicine courses. Most mortals don’t care about the supernatural in the world, as most of us don’t care here, don’t believe, have no intention to prove it real or view it as a series of coincidences, whatever fits better to them. The ones that have a relationship to the supernatural, are outsiders, the witches praying to the moon goddess, the fortune tellers, the babalorixas and voodoo priests.

        Of course it’s my point of view, my World as I like to play Scion.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Thrythlind View Post
          I don't know, I think that underestimates the number of rules and requirements that exist because once in the history of the organization/field X thing happened.
          Those sorts of rules rarely have anything to do with education or practical training though. Studying obscure laws can be very amusing and neat trivia, but it's not useful as 99.9% of them are either unenforced, unable to be enforced, or if you're stupid enough to actually do them no amount of legal warning was going to stop you.

          When it comes to something like medicine, these sorts of things don't tend to be kept. Nothing bad happens if a cop ignores a law saying you can't kiss for more than so many minutes in public. Lots of bad happens if a duty nurse refuses to sign in a patient because seventh sons of seventh sons aren't allowed into the hospital on they seventh day of the seventh month. It can't just be "it happened once a hundred years ago," and have it be something people are worried about in that context.


          • #6
            I figure there's a need for general practitioners who are taught the very most basics of magical curses and the like, enough to go "Oh shit, I should call in a specialist"

            Like, unless you're going to specialize in breaking curses, you probably only need to know enough to go "Well physically you seem okay. Have you crossed any strange figures proclaiming that you will rue the day you crossed them?"
            Last edited by Kyman201; 06-15-2019, 07:45 PM.

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            • #7
              I would imagine it would be a bit more like how things actually are: major medical centers have chaplains of multiple faiths either on staff or that volunteer time there. In the World, they're the ones that spot curses, and offer to deal with the spiritual ailment while the doctor do medical stuff... because it's real in the World.

              So the World's hospitals probably have more diverse and active chaplain programs, but otherwise operate mostly like things do in our own.