The Readers Here Have Smart Brains

Otherwise they would not think it is worthwile to visit this site more than once.

It is good to know there are critical, intelligent, humorous and radically humane brains out there despite the impression given by the maindream publications.

It needs, after all, a liberated brain to rise above the ordinary pettiness and the common taste for fastfood and softdrinks that stimulate serotonine release mindless of the catastrophical decadence of civilization towards the mire of pleasurable complacency.

I do not know how and why the readers’ brains produce the state of being flattered in this moment, but of course,

I know very well that all thoughts, emotions, and behaviors have their origin in the brain. But it is a great leap from recognizing the obvious fact that mental states arise in the brain to knowing why and how they arise.

I would feel obliged to confess the above and take pride in joining the intellectual level of a professor of the Harvard Medical School, if only my brain would give rise to these thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately I do not possess the appropriate neurological structures and calibrations for such an effect.

Therefore all I can do is loathe at the shameful and embarrassing intellectual deficit of Marcia Angell[1] which she shares with the majority of psychiatrists.

As the muscles in my hand are presently giving rise to it, I type it’s a waste of time to explain the fallacy of confounding logical categories which produces the cited nonsense. If the reader is frustrated about that laziness he might consider a complaint to either my hand or perhaps my brain, as the experts know it is Nr. 1 in the chain of command.

Although obviously nothing enlightening in the stricter sense is to be expected from Marcia, it is still recommended to read her two articles and the exchange of letters in which prominent representants of the psychiatric business criticize the unfavorable picture she paints of it.

In the New York Review of Books she reviews three critical books on psychiatry in the first, and adds the DSM in the second:

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?

June 23, 2011

The Illusions of Psychiatry

July 14, 2011

The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker

Unhinged: The Trouble with Psychiatry—A Doctor’s Revelations About a Profession in Crisis by Daniel Carlat

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) by American Psychiatric Association

‘The Illusions of Psychiatry’: An Exchange

August 18, 2011

As implied above, enlightenment in a not so strict sense can be lavishly gained from the reading, and it’s rather enjoyable to see her hold her stance in the controversy with the apparatchiks.

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1    Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. Her latest book is The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.

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