Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

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From The New York Times: In his new book The Mind of God, neurologist Jay Lombard uses his experience studying neuroscience to discuss philosophical and spiritual questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the nature of free will. In writing the book, he learned about some of the shortcomings of contemporary neuroscience and psychiatry.

“What I learned personally is that neuroscience is totally wrong. Neuroscientists don’t believe that such a thing as the mind exists. They flat-out reject the concept of mind. I find that a very scary, slippery slope. I think psychiatry has lost its mind, both literally and metaphorically. A lot of the book is about that part of our brain that connects us to our deeper, spiritual underpinnings. It’s not our rational brain; it’s our narrative brain.

Mainstream psychiatry is really just: symptom, check, this is the right medication for you. We don’t do therapy anymore as psychiatrists. If you need that, go to a psychologist. It’s kind of ludicrous. You’re taking care of people’s minds, but you don’t want to know anything about the mind.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. “You’re taking care of people’s minds, but you don’t want to know anything about the mind.”

    Let’s pause for a moment to consider the audacity of such a blatantly false assertion. Neurologists don’t take care of people’s minds. Szasz was right. Read his book “The Theology of Medicine.”

    “Trying to find the biological origins of psychiatric disease is much more difficult than for a stroke, hypertension or A.L.S. But it’s there.”

    Bogus. Balderdash. Absolute poppycock. Articles like this prove that neuroscience is almost as backward as pseudo-scientific psychiatry. Why do psychiatrists and neuroscientists continue to follow the lead of corrupt pharmaceutical companies in the quest for the ever elusive biological markers for fictitious diseases? $$$

  2. I just ordered a copy of this book and cant wait to read it. Lombard is wrestling with really interesting questions. I like that even as a neuroscientist, he says that what you find when you drill down and deconstruct suffering, is like sand slipping through your fingers. You cannot find pain’s meaning in its molecules, in its biological correlates… the meaning of suffering should be determined by the individual and is found in one’s narrative.