Psychologists Nerdily Insist to The Onion They Can Take a Joke

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The Onion today took on a subject near and dear to the hearts of your Science of Us editors: psychology! The headline “Psychology Comes To Halt As Weary Researchers Say The Mind Cannot Possibly Study Itself” veers uncomfortably close to Too Real territory. 

And then there’s this paragraph:

Abandoning more than a century of clinical research, theoretical developments, and observational studies, psychologists worldwide announced that their entire professional lives had been utterly worthless, as the human brain could never comprehend its own workings, let alone understand its own understanding.

Whoever runs the Twitter account for the American Psychological Association saw that headline this afternoon, too, and defended its subject matter in just the most adorably nerdy way: 

See?” they’re saying. “We ‘get’ humor!” Though, as the write-up they link to notes, things are usually funny because they’re sorta true. 

Scientists Nerdily Insist They Can Take a Joke