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MrMilkdud November 13th, 2014 1:57pm

You're taking a crew of about 40 people on a 5 year research voyage. They'll have no contact with the outside world. You have room in your budget for either a gourmet chef or a psychologist. If you pick the shrink ppl will cook for themselves.

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brenstal Florida
11/13/14 6:05 pm

I think mundane things like cooking could help build community and keep people grounded, so I would pick the psychiatrist. A mental health profession would probably be useful when people had issues.

think4yourself Not a safe space
11/13/14 5:20 pm

Most psychologists are nuts themselves so let's have good food and one less nutcase on the voyage.

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WildRice With a side of sass
11/13/14 4:18 pm

I love to cook and have been told I do it well... So I would pick the other.

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 6:17 pm

Are you volunteering to cook for 40 people every day for 5 years?

firefly5 the verse
11/13/14 11:30 pm

Milk: she would, too. and they'd be a lucky 40.

mac Oregon
11/13/14 11:30 am

A good chef is as good as a psych

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2katz I live in Nebraska
11/13/14 10:28 am

Chef. And I nominate Rob.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/13/14 10:21 am

I wanna trade the psychologist (atheist chaplain) for a Christian Chaplain!

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/13/14 10:22 am

Or a Catholic Priest, of course. :o)

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 10:46 am

Fair enough. There are plenty of priests and ministers who are trained psychologists.
On the other hand, there are plenty of priests and ministers who are trained chefs!
I'd go with that option, as it offers the best of both worlds :)

JennaF sunflower state of mind
11/13/14 10:53 am

tlaney, why on earth would you assume a psychologist is an "atheist chaplain?"

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/14/14 1:08 am

Jenna, I was stereotyping, and I know that's unfair, but the scientific and psychological communities are notoriously heavily populated by atheists. I prefer spiritual counseling to secular counseling. :o)

hrankta
11/13/14 9:38 am

Chef... And a good bartender.

mrdudemanpants
11/13/14 9:02 am

I'd like to talk with and learn from the psychologist.

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chickencookie It really is
11/13/14 8:59 am

I'm taking the chef. People love to eat and will enjoy and look forward to these special meals. It will be like a holiday every day and make them feel appreciated.

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MogoshKatz Wisconsin
11/13/14 8:56 am

Forget either one and take a bartender. They can listen to your woes and make you bar food at the same time.

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swervin Maryland
11/13/14 8:01 am

Damn it, Jim. I'm a doctor, not a gourmet chef.

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FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
11/13/14 7:52 am

Everyone likes to be cooked for.

Theres more cooks than shrinks on Navy Subs...gotta think they spent $400m on a study to find out that matters more.

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EarlyBird Portland
11/13/14 7:40 am

Easy, I'm picking the chef. Good food makes everybody happy.

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Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/13/14 7:33 am

I'd prefer a nutritionist.

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MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:38 am

Don't be "that guy"

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/13/14 7:47 am

I chose a psychologist because a gourmet chef provides no benefits to the group, unless he is a nutritionist. Since the question stated the crew can cook, they don't need someone to do that for them. A psychologist will be more useful.

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:54 am

1. You could hire a chef who meets your criteria for nutritionist.
2. The crew can cook. But it would be an added task, and there's no guarantee they'd be any good at it. You could be eating mac and cheese for 5 years.

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:55 am

3. I'm really surprised that you'd say a chef doesn't provide benefits to the group. There is significant physical and psychological benefit in eating good food, or in having some degree of luxury or comfort in uncomfortable circumstances.

kscott516 EB rules
11/13/14 7:56 am

I have to agree with ersco on this one. Out of 40 people SOMEONE must be a decent cook. The others could help with their duties in return for good meals.

Haven't you seen Ratatouille? "Anyone can cook"

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:57 am

That being said, I could go either way on this. Good food will taste ordinary after a few months, and the shrink could just piss everyone off.

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:59 am

Kscott, I think that cooking for 40 people every day is a full time job. So diverting a crew member away from the job they were hired for isn't realistic.
Plus, it's kind of like choosing the "both" option.

kscott516 EB rules
11/13/14 8:01 am

You're probably right on the time portion but he/she technically would not be a chef :-)

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/13/14 8:12 am

I would choose option 1 if possible. If not, cooking their own meals wouldn't be extremely challenging. I can't imagine the crew will be working 14 straight hours so the time spent cooking could be a healthy break from their research.

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/13/14 8:14 am

Since the Q said they will cook, I felt it was safe to assume they knew how to do more than just boil water.

MrMilkdud
11/13/14 8:16 am

You never know. I've been camping with guys who claimed they could cook when they should have said they could open packages of beef jerky.
Given that they had a scissors.

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/13/14 8:23 am

That's true. I can see where a chef could come in handy, it might look bad if we return with less than 40 people.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
11/13/14 7:15 am

There was a study showing chefs as a profession were ranked seventh for having the most psychopaths amongst the profession. Just sayn. Something you might want to know while making your decision. I'll take the head shrink to keep everybody else sane.

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MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:29 am

That's alright, shrinks are among the top 10 professions for people with severe mental health problems. So this crew is doomed no matter what.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
11/13/14 7:51 am

That's a good point. With that in mind, I'm going to change my vote to the fellow chef. At least I'll know what I'm getting there, and I'll have an immediate ally.

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11/13/14 7:01 am

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MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:04 am

But a chef could at least make those people taste really good.

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11/13/14 7:12 am

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MrMilkdud
11/13/14 7:17 am

Here's my business plan.
ComaHat(TM)+Dolphins= profit

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/13/14 7:17 am

*runs away SCREAMING*

at a min, half my neurons would overload and explode if you were to get into my brain. :-P

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/13/14 7:18 am

Milk, that's a VERY interesting idea!

Liberty 4,032,064
11/13/14 6:59 am

The chef as long as we have a reliable food source.

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cpaswr just say the letters
11/13/14 7:14 am

There are 40 people on the boat. That's reliable.