the neuroscience of depersonalization

Depersonalization: A New Look at a Neglected Syndrome is very comprehensive without being very long. The topic is “neglected” because it’s nearly as common as depression and anxiety, in both normal and psychiatrically diagnosed populations, but people don’t seem to talk about it much. Perhaps because it’s an experience of ineffable strangeness. It was recognized…

the master’s discourse

Lacan is often compared to a Zen master by Lacanian people, since he said nonsensical things that supposedly contained hidden truths, and he behaved in socially unacceptable ways. Noam Chomsky called Lacan “a perfectly self-conscious charlatan” and he’s often compared to a cult leader, etc. In Schneiderman’s book, there are some anecdotes in which Lacan…

the value of non-evidence-based practices

Probably because I spent so much time around rats, I find reductive explanations of things appealing. Fruit flies find alcohol more appealing after sexual frustration. Are humans deeper than Drosophila? In that light, I thought this was an amusing paper: Disclosing information about the self is intrinsically rewarding. Humans devote 30-40% of speech output solely…

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