Making Sense of Nonscience

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Two opinion articles discuss the unscientific aspects of psychology and psychiatry, and posit ways for overcoming some of the conundrums… In Nature, a group of neuroscientists and psychologists argue for the vital importance of increasing interdisciplinary communication to overcome knowledge gaps. And a New York Times commentary looks at the recent controversy over international efforts to map the human brain as an example of our challenges trying to get studies of the mind on track.

Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science (Nature. July 16, 2014)

The Trouble With Brain Science (New York Times. July 11, 2014)

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe you should start reading about the Human Brain Project and the BRAIN Initiative to answer your questions. Btw, it’s about studying the brain, not the mind.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_research :

    «Basic research (also called pure research or fundamental research) is a systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena. Basic research is executed without thought of a practical end goal, without specific applications or products in mind. It includes all branches of science and engineering.

    Basic research has been described as arising out of curiosity.»

  2. “Making sense of nonscience,” well, at least we now know that today’s psychiatric “mental illnesses” have no more scientific validity than did the Nazi psychiatric “mental illnesses.” Other than the medical evidence seems to be coming out proving that their antidepressants and ADHD drugs cause the “bipolar” symptoms and the neuroleptics cause the long run adverse schizophrenia symptoms.

    What’s good about these findings is that I’m quite certain that if the psychiatrists could stop coercing and forcing people onto drugs that CAUSE the serious mental illness symptoms, we could rid the world of most of the mental illnesses.

    Oh, but that won’t be profitable for the psycho / pharmaceutical industries and mainstream medical community, so they’re just going to continue creating completely iatrogenic “mental illnesses” in innocent patients forever? For profit only medicine is a mockery.

    • The scientific community has a much better understanding of what’s going on with psychiatry that it may seem from the press releases. A lot of people who work in neuroscience complain how it’s hard to make any studies with the current psychiatric diagnoses and I’ve recently visited a conference where the main theme was – mental illness is caused by stress and trauma. Yet you constantly hear b***it in the media about neurotransmitter imbalances.