Category Archives: Mind

Gato Vadio: Films About Mental Illness


A cycle of films about mental illness to be shown at: Todas as quintas de setembro, Noé Alves apresenta… Ciclo de Filmes sobre Distúrbios Mentais: Porque Gato Vadio como um foro com um grau de fama tem um público cada … Continue reading

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Capitalism Explained by a Nurse


Words, words, words.  Many people think that a word is a thing.  Take sex, most of us have different images of a simple three-letter word:  I don’t have space to list all of them.  If you say something is a … Continue reading

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Mental Illness: Who Do You Believe?


There is a crisis of faith in the mental health community.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders” (DSM) which is a book of rules for diagnosing whether someone is schizophrenic, depressed, or … Continue reading

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DSM-V: Disquiet in the Ivory Tower


For all of us who seek a rock on which to base our beliefs the new DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)  has all the solidity of a sponge in a storm.  The DSM is used or relied upon by clinicians, … Continue reading

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Why Critical Thinking Can Be So Difficult


In the world we see differences between cultures through the lens of our own cultural formation.  We are subject to biases against practices we do not observe in our own universe of experience.  We have to leave to leave the … Continue reading

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Is Higher Education Becoming a Hi-Tech Trade School?


In Britain, an Assault on Academic Values November 29, 2012, 11:31 am The following is a guest post by Thomas Docherty, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and a member of the steering committee for the Council … Continue reading

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I am a Christian because it is the one true religion


NOT! It has long been a mystery to me how the leading proponents of conservatism so closely align themselves with religious fundamentalists and “cognitive dissonance” of belief.  There are many intellectuals of the right who are, perhaps, deists, Manicheans, Christians, Jews, … Continue reading

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