Joker – Reinforcing conventional thinking about so-called mental illness?

My doctorate is in psychology and religion so naturally, Joker was on my list of must-see movies. Last night I took the plunge and for the most part, found the film quite compelling. Excellent cinematography and outstanding performances made this worthy of my time. But I felt that Joker fell short with its treatment of… Read More Joker – Reinforcing conventional thinking about so-called mental illness?

The Flu Shot – Money making conspiracy, shoddy science or sensible preventative measure?

A few years ago I reviewed a DVD that argues the flu shot is a scam. Not only bad science, the DVD purported that the flu shot is actually a big pharma conspiracy with profiteering instead of health the main objective. You can see from my review that I didn’t really agree but also that… Read More The Flu Shot – Money making conspiracy, shoddy science or sensible preventative measure?

Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos | + Opinion

Hans Eysenck comes under fire – again. Stephen Fleischfresser reports. Source: Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos Opinion: If we question psychology and psychiatry today, chances are we get a muted response at best. People are afraid of stirring up that pot because, well, meds might make the difference… Read More Is this “one of the worst scientific scandals of all time”? | Cosmos | + Opinion

Abused children four times more likely to develop mental illness | + Opinion

Children who have experienced child abuse or neglect are more likely to develop serious mental illness such as psychoses and bipolar disorder. Source: Abused children four times more likely to develop mental illness Opinion: Let’s play along for a moment and assume that psychiatric diagnostic categories are valid. If the claim made in the headline… Read More Abused children four times more likely to develop mental illness | + Opinion

Psychiatry is at risk of ‘imploding’ because junior doctors see the profession as ‘soft’, Royal College warns | + Opinion

Trainee doctors are being put off becoming psychiatrists because medical school teachers tell them the field is “not prestigious”, health leaders have said. Source: Psychiatry is at risk of ‘imploding’ because junior doctors see the profession as ‘soft’, Royal College warns Opinion: That speaks volumes. Many doctors themselves know that psychiatry is a soft science… Read More Psychiatry is at risk of ‘imploding’ because junior doctors see the profession as ‘soft’, Royal College warns | + Opinion

Physicist advances a radical theory of gravity – Big Think | + Opinion

In 2016, Verlinde’s ideas were tested by a team from Leiden Observatory, which found that a key prediction of the physicist held up. They studied the lensing effect of gravitational fields that are far away from the centers of more than 33,000 galaxies and found the numbers to be consistent with what the Dutch scientist’s… Read More Physicist advances a radical theory of gravity – Big Think | + Opinion