Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

Hallucinating the Archetypes


(RMP ZBlog) – Robert M. Price:

Jung said about God, that he didn’t need to believe in God. As a modern Gnostic, Jung said he knew God existed. But where? Inside. In the Collective Unconscious, flanked by the Archangels, er, Archetypes. That’s the only relevant place God could be. Where else would you like “him” to be? Orbiting the earth like a satellite, causing rain storms and orchestrating plane crashes? That’s superstition.

One more comparison: I think that hallucinogenic revelations are kind of like Pentecostal speaking in tongues. Traditionally, Pentecostals have believed that the Holy Spirit was inspiring them to speak God’s praises in foreign languages they had never learned (whatever the point of that might be). But linguistic studies have made it plain that they are simply spouting gibberish. Pentecostals are threatened by such results (like Mormons disturbed at the DNA tests proving that American Indians have no Semitic genes and thus do not qualify as expatriate Israelites).

But they needn’t worry, because shortcuts to foreign language proficiency are hardly the point.

zblog hallucinating-the-archetypes

Collective Unconscious


Let’s Deconstruct Some Pinker


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There is one part in Steven Pinker’s book The Blank Slate which I remembered distinctly as a muddled-seeming swat at feminism.

I thought, as an exercise, perhaps we could collectively take a look at a few specific pages from Pinker and see what’s there.

We’re going to focus here on his characterization of feminism, on pages 341-343 of the 2002 edition. …

stderr 2018/02/25 deconstruct

Steven Pinker: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Thinking, Fast and Slow


(NYTimes Books) – Jim Holt:

In 2002, Daniel Kahneman won the Nobel in economic science. What made this unusual is that Kahneman is a psychologist. Specifically, he is one-half of a pair of psychologists who, beginning in the early 1970s, set out to dismantle an entity long dear to economic theorists: that arch-rational decision maker known as Homo economicus. …

Thinking, Fast and Slow” is an astonishingly rich book: lucid, profound, full of intellectual surprises and self-help value. It is consistently entertaining and frequently touching, especially when Kahneman is recounting his collaboration with Amos Tversky. …

nytimes 2011/11/27 thinking

Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Lost in a Flipped World


(Guardian Health) – Helen Thomson:

Sharon’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescue. …

theguardian 2018/feb/10 flip-lost

Helen Thomson: Unthinkable - An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

Hodder&Stoughton: Helen Thomson: Unthinkable

How Children Learn Science


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Adults use locutions that they may not realize lead to children getting the wrong idea about things. This paper examined beliefs about aging among 3 to 5 years old children and found that because birthday parties are seen by children as discrete markers that correlate with the move from one age to the next, some children got the idea that birthday parties are what cause people to get older. …

singham 2017/12/19 how


Rape Culture


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

This is not an attempt to equivocate. The victim of an assault is the victim and nothing anyone ever says can or should reduce in any way the victim’s subjective assessment of what they’ve experienced.

That means nobody gets to come along and say “suck it up” or “it’ll be OK.” I’m afraid that the best you can do is help them heal however you can, and show them that you respect their choices and try to understand. …

stderr 2017/11/19 rape-culture

Rape victim

Intelligence Quotient


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

With Donald Trump’s blathering about his IQ, it’s now a news-worthy topic. Oh, boy – fake news about fake science. …

stderr 2017/10/24 IQ

Lewis, Burke, Frumkes: How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children

Top 10 Books About Consciousness


(Guardian Books) – Adrian Owen:

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life. …

theguardian 2017/sep/20 consciousness

Top 10 Books About Consciousness

Trump’s Mental Stability: The Worst Is Yet to Come


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

In a new book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” a group of 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts warn that “anyone as mentally unstable as this man should not be entrusted with the life-and-death-powers of the presidency.” …

theintercept 2017/10/07 worst-is-yet-to-come

Bandy X. Lee e.a.: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump - 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

The Mindset of White Supremacists


(RawStory) – Kali Holloway:

The neo-Nazis with whom Donald Trump openly sympathizes fit a psychological profile for the most part, according to two psychologists who just released a survey on the subject. Patrick Forscher and Nour Kteily, researchers from the University of Arkansas and Northwestern University respectively, compiled their findings into a working paper titled “A Psychological Profile of the Alt-Right.” …

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