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Phallocentric Theorizing When It’s at Home *

Aug 9th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Acephalic Litter as a Phallic Letter’ – and that’s not a parody!… Read the rest

Come Back to the Raft Ag’in, Martin Honey *

Aug 9th, 2004 | Filed by

Two guys, a long river trip, Heidegger: now playing at your local cinema.… Read the rest

Psychoanalysis as Science

Aug 9th, 2004 | By Norman N. Holland


Current objections to psychoanalysis as untestable and unscientific ignore two facts. First, a large body of experimental evidence has tested psychoanlaytic ideas, confirming some and not others. Second, psychoanalysis itself, while it does not usually use experimentation, does use holistic method. This is a procedure in wide use in the social sciences and even in the “hard” sciences.

Psychoanalysis as Science

My essay, “Psychoanalysis as Science” [1] makes two points. One, although ignored in the “Freud wars,” experimenters have in fact generated much empirical evidence for the validity of at least some of psychoanalysis’ theory of mind. The oft-repeated mantra, “There is not a shred of scientific evidence for psychoanalysis,” is simply false. Two, part of the devaluing of … Read the rest

Name the Pseuds Contest

Aug 9th, 2004 2:08 am | By

I’m laughing maniacally again – and it’s Norm who’s made me laugh again. With his entry for the name the pseuds contest. Prof Ursula LeTofu Thinberry and Dr Doug D. Void. Yep, I like those very much.

There is also José’s entry: ‘Judith Lucelia Etchegaray’ and ‘Jacques Alain Babha-De Ritta’. I like those very much too. The competition for that copy of Of Grammatology is going to be fierce. Except from my colleague, of course; his silly suggestion I just pass over in silence.

Norm also made me laugh with his deeply profound ruminations on the meaning of the ‘cartoon’ and what its referent really really is.

I was wondering whether one might deconstruct the notion that the cartoon represents

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Beyond a Reasonable Certainty

Aug 9th, 2004 1:52 am | By

This story is interesting in more than one way.

Prof Southall accused Stephen Clark, a solicitor, of smothering his two babies on the basis of a 50-minute Channel 4 Dispatches documentary on the case…The paediatrician said Mr Clark was a double murderer “beyond reasonable doubt”, although he had not read any of the papers in the case, spoken to the parents or seen post mortem reports.

Beyond reasonable doubt – because he watched Clark on TV. Hmm.

Prof Southall refused to apologise and repeated the allegation during the disciplinary hearing. Denis McDevitt, the chairman of the GMC panel, said he was “extremely concerned” by Prof Southall’s actions. “Your view was a theory, which was, however, not presented as a theory

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Prozac in the Water *

Aug 8th, 2004 | Filed by

But it’s heavily diluted, so just think of it as homeopathy.… Read the rest

Oh So That’s Why Everyone is so Perky *

Aug 8th, 2004 | Filed by

There are traces of Prozac in UK drinking water. Some worry, others don’t.… Read the rest

Munchausen’s by Proxy That Wasn’t *

Aug 8th, 2004 | Filed by

Doctor banned from child protection cases for three years.… Read the rest

A Guess is not Beyond Reasonable Doubt *

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‘Your view was a theory which was not presented as a theory but as a near certainty.’… Read the rest

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt? *

Aug 8th, 2004 | Filed by

Doctor accuses man of killing his own children on the basis of TV documentary.… Read the rest


Aug 8th, 2004 3:43 am | By

Well I just thought I would link to this, simply because it made me laugh a lot. Yes it is, that’s a perfectly good reason.

The situation Norm complains of – having to buy three kinds of cat food, two of which his cat doesn’t like and won’t eat, because the kind she does like suddenly comes in a variety pack with two others instead of on its own – is a classic, a pure, a definitional example of what Kingsley Amis so rightly called sod the public. There’s a lot of it in the UK. I’ve always noticed that. There’s too much obsequiousness and groveling for the customer over here, perhaps (except of course when there isn’t), but … Read the rest

Idleness is Good *

Aug 7th, 2004 | Filed by

People who work too hard don’t think. So there.… Read the rest

European Secularism is the Enemy *

Aug 7th, 2004 | Filed by

‘We are a menace to Al Qaeda just because of who we are.’… Read the rest

The Cover

Aug 7th, 2004 1:12 am | By

Oh look. What fun. We’d noticed that the Amazon page for the Dictionary didn’t have a picture. But now it does. I clicked on the page in an idle moment (okay a lazy moment) to see, and idleness and laziness were rewarded, because there it was. So have a look. And no, that is not a portrait. Everyone I’ve shown the book to says in a surprised manner ‘But you don’t look like that.’ No, that’s true, I don’t. I don’t wear my hair in two bunches on the back upper corners of my head, for one thing. And everything else is different too. There is no resemblance. None. I don’t think the guy looks much like my … Read the rest

Carlin Romano on Lichtenberg *

Aug 6th, 2004 | Filed by

A spy on humanity.… Read the rest

More Cells in the Brain Than Stars in the Sky *

Aug 6th, 2004 | Filed by

Gerald Edelman on consciousness.… Read the rest

Why Islamic Law should be opposed?

Aug 6th, 2004 | By Azam Kamguian

Islamic Sharia law should be opposed by everyone who believes in universal human rights, women’s civil rights and individual freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief and freedom from religion. Islamic law developed in the first few centuries of Islam and incorporated Middle Eastern pre – Islamic misogynist and tribal customs and traditions. Shari’a developed not only from the Koran and the Sunna but also through juristic reasoning and interpretation and hence different sects. We may ask how a law whose elements were first laid down over a 1000 years ago can be relevant in the 21st century. The Sharia only reflects the social and economic conditions of the time of Abbasid and has grown out of touch … Read the rest

BBC Favourite Blogs Thing *

Aug 5th, 2004 | Filed by

Okay so there’s one obvious omission here. Okay two.… Read the rest

Book About Honour Killing is a Fake *

Aug 5th, 2004 | Filed by

Has ruined cause of fighting ‘honour’ killing, Rana Husseini says.… Read the rest

True Lies and the Quest for ‘Authenticity’ *

Aug 5th, 2004 | Filed by

Yes the difference between truth and fiction does matter. (Despite provenance of site.)… Read the rest