the absurdity awareness support group

If there are historians in the future, I’d hope they read this short story by Christy Rodgers about what it feels like to be alive right now. It feels like this: I mean here’s all this data indicating that our species has never lived in the kind of climate that we are creating, and change…

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…

he that is trusting in his own heart is stupid

Being a Jehovah’s Witness is not necessarily conducive to good mental health. I can illustrate why, because I got nostalgic and ordered the original 1989 edition of a book from my childhood.  Today’s youths have a newer edition: With the end of the world right around the corner, today’s youths face important questions. I love…

Greek finance minister: Immanuel Kant not Ayn Rand

Yanis Varoufakis: The great difference between this government and previous Greek governments is twofold: We are determined to clash with mighty vested interests in order to reboot Greece and gain our partners’ trust. We are also determined not to be treated as a debt colony that should suffer what it must. The principle of the…

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…