October 22nd, 2010


QotD: on Prescientific Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalytic concepts captivated popular culture as have no other ideas about humanity's mind and heart. But the Freudian model belongs to a prescientific era in the search to unravel the enigmas of love. The demise of such mythologies is always probable. As long as the brain remained a mystery, as long as the physical nature of the mind remained remote and inaccessible, an evidential void permitted a free flow of irrefutable statements about emotional life. As in politics, the factor determining the longevity and popularity of these notions was not their veracity but the energy and wit devoted to promoting them.
--Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon in A General Theory of Love p8

Serology for T. Cruzi and incidence of Seropositivity

NCNM clinic lab can get the serum IFA test for Trypanosoma Cruzi Antibodies from Quest for $247.00, tests for both IgM and IgG. I'd like to find out more about inexpensive salivary tests. According to my reading, one must run two different assays for antibodies, as the different strains of the disease express differently, but Quest doesn't seem to recognize this. If the two tests contradict each other, there is a tiebreaker third to order. Not sure where to order all these, have read parts from the links behind the cut.
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NPR fires Juan Williams for saying he feels Nervous?

Here you can see the offending clip in which Williams admitted that he feels nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane. I hadn't seen it until just now. Williams has a long history of working for human rights, and he is black. After he made this admission, NPR fired him, and he promptly got hired by FOX to the tune of a $2 million contract.

What happened here is in a way a repeat of something I observed in church a few Sundays ago. The pastor said that homophobia is a sin. Fear is a sin? Now NPR is saying the same thing. Nervousness around strangers in clothing representing so much = sin. This is ridiculous. This is a trap that liberals have fallen into. This is the disaster of PCism taken so far that people cannot even express their unbidden and unacted emotions. It's not even an opinion, it's an EMOTION. The opinion, being something concocted of reason in a quality man such as Williams, will not be bigoted. But emotions? I suspect that any reasonable person in Arab dress would understand that Williams is not a hater, he is simply human. We would all get along better if we allow each other to be human.