[ilds] Freud Returns

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 2 14:05:13 PDT 2007


Don't be dirty, Marc.

:M


On Monday, July 2, 2007, at 09:47  pm, Marc Piel wrote:

> Are you jumping into the bush again????
> Marc
>
> Bruce Redwine wrote:
>
>> I haven't read the Scientific American issue on Freud, but, if I may 
>> readily jump to conclusions, I suspect the articles have something to 
>> do with neurological research proving the "existence" of an 
>> unconscious area of the brain.  Which I have no problems with.  But 
>> how do scientists brain-scan a myth or find the ghost in the machine? 
>>  The myth is Freud's invention, not the fact of some unconscious 
>> mechanism.  Over the past thirty years, historians of science have 
>> criticized and refuted Freud's methodology and explanation for the 
>> unconscious.  His whole mythology about repression, as exemplified in 
>> "Seduction Theory," has been shown bogus.  Freud offered all kinds of 
>> enticing theories, especially so to literary theorists, who are 
>> irresistibly attracted to the method -- Freud, after all, was a great 
>> storyteller -- but none of these conjectures have ever been proved 
>> empirically over the last century.  Of course, Freudian theory also 
>> provides a convenient escape mechanism for
> i!
>>  ts unprovability, namely, not acknowledging the validity of the 
>> theory is evidence of resistance to the theory.  I say no more.
>>
>> Bruce
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>>
>>> From: Beatrice Skordili <bskordil at otenet.gr>
>>> Sent: Jul 2, 2007 10:20 AM
>>> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>> Subject: Re: [ilds] Freud Returns
>>>
>>> Marc and others,
>>>
>>> (as promised), the _Scientific American Mind_ in the April/May 2006 
>>> issue
>>> contains a whole section devoted to Freud. The article I was 
>>> thinking about
>>> was by Mark Solms and titled "Freud Returns" (28-34).
>>>   Also of interest might be Jean Pierre Changeux's _Neuronal Man: The
>>> Biology of the Mind_.
>>>
>>> Happy Readings,
>>>
>>> Beatrice Skordili
>>>
>>>
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