2) psycologists are usually wise in their field, just because some psycologists rely on outdated Freudian teachings, shouldn't make you judge them all over 1 phallacy.
Most psycollogy are siencetific, contrary to your reasoning.
Well, much of psychology depends upon talk, upon the interpretation of language, so this isn't like chemistry, I wouldn't think. There were certain psychologists who denied the existence or the use of consciousness. B. F. Skinner, who wrote a strange book (which is no doubt exciting) called Beyond Freedom and Dignity. It's a twisted title, isn't it? He had watermelons for balls. Or not.
Freud was a genius. Of course some of his thoughts are dated. Whose don't? It's not about a fallacy. It's about the method in general, which is interpretative and metaphorical. The jargon may be modern, but the concepts are largely the same old concepts.
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What I am with my western knowledge, is the understanding of economy, that we can deliver pepole from starving to death, that we can avoid drout with irrigation, that we can produce electricity and power life giving machines. That we have medical knowledge and surgical procedures that can save lifes, instead of useing shamanistic supersticion to do weird things to sick people.
I am with you on all of this, except that the Shamans may work on the psyche which in some cases may be the cause of the problem. In any case, having someone try
to help you is comforting.
I have nothing against the responsible use of technology. I especially love computers. And I would be screwed without my dentist. Screwed.
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Back in the 80'ies a Russian president, who was a strong beliver in communism, would gasp and be astounded by entering an American supermarket ..HOW COULD THEY HAVE SUCH ABUNDANDCY? How could they have so much food? How could they have such excess of luxuary goods? It wasn't just this 1 random supermarket, no, it was ALL of them!
That was when he realized that communism wasn't all that perfect.
I agree with this, too. Capitalism is the most productive social organization the world has seen, I think. And this is related also to technology. All of this has been great. But we've got to be careful not to sink spaceship Earth, or let this technology steal our bodies and minds. What about traffic jams? The point of cars is motion. But the cities crowd and before long you have people sitting in their 5000 pound cars, hardly moving, polluting the air. Brilliant! Our tools can sometimes smack us in the face w/o the proper social organization. And our abstract money can encourage us to forget what really holds society together, which is a decency between human beings. Do you know about the "tragedy of the commons" concept?Tragedy of the commons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That's the dark side of too much individualism, either between citizens or nations.