This blog examines media coverage and representation pertaining to subjectivity and the "psy-disciplines" (psychiatry, psychology, and psychoanalysis). What are the effects of proliferating mental health discourse and practices? Does there exist a politics of "therapy," "health," and "well-being?" Where is the subject - the self - in the multiplicity of mental health practices today?
|Mar 08 2013||Neurotypicality and The Cartography of the Mind|
Several years ago I read a book entitled The Physics of Star Trek. My memory of it is vague, but I can say with confidence that the chapter that fascinated me the most was on Star Trek's relationship to matter: transporting, warp drive, and the holodeck. In other words, vaporizing humans and reassembling them at a chosen geographical location, traveling one-to-nine times the speed of light, and virtual reality programs.
|Mar 08 2013||Curiousities Primed for Scientistic Discourse|
A piece entitled 'Primed for Controversy' appeared in the February 23rd New York Times. Written by a psychiatric scholar known for her critique of 'therapy culture' and forthcoming critical appraisal of the popular appeal of neuroscience, it discusses how one of one of psychology's most popular and captivating findings - the effects of 'priming' - has come to be widely disputed.
|Mar 06 2013||The Use of Mental and Physical Illness|
These categories tell you something about the way in which sophisticated human beings think, but it is doubtful they tell you anything about the things themselves. -Wilfred Bion
|Oct 31 2012||Propagandizing the Unconscious, Marketing to System 1|
As neuroscience colonizes and merges with academic disciplines we are seeing a revisitation of many former bodies of knowledge clothed in scientific language "New" and "progressive" research rediscovers information that has already been produced, and its apparatuses of verification (spectacular technology, medico-scientific jargon) "permit" the older knowledge to be revitalized. In its "original form" the former knowledge remains repressed, yet finds a way to surface in a new cultural milieu: in the case of neuroscience (and the other psy-disciplines) maintaining the illusion of progress and science as a politically loaded entity.
|Oct 30 2012||Seeing it All: Neuroscience and Popular Perception|
"I don't know how to tell you the secret, but the secret is beautiful, and science, our science, seems mere frivolity to me now." -Borges
|Apr 14 2012||Mechanisms of Growth and Financialization|
|Apr 12 2012||An Overview of Banking, Knowledge-Bearing, and Opacity|
In my next series of posts I would like to examine the role of banks and financial institutions in the United States.
|Apr 11 2012||The Emergence, Part 2: Debt-Driven Growth, Financial Colonization, and Speculation/Debt Reciprocity|
(This is the second post in a series on the rise of finance capital in the United States, for Part 1, click here.)