Schizophrenia from another angle

I found a link to this article on the blog of NFPH: the Norwegian Association for Mental Health Care.
It is part of a series called “Lives Restored”, and the title is: “Listening to Schizophrenia”:

The New York Times: “Finding Purpose After Living With Delusion”

If you find the article interesting, I recommend this book: 
“Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry”

Issendai on "SICK SYSTEMS"

How to keep someone with you forever

A sick system has four basic rules:

Rule 1: Keep them too busy to think. Thinking is dangerous. If people can stop and think about their situation logically, they might realize how crazy things are.

Rule 2: Keep them tired.

Rule 3: Keep them emotionally involved. 

Rule 4: Reward intermittently. 

How do you do all this? It’s incredibly easy:

Keep the crises rolling. 


More Symphony of Science: A Wave of Reason

I’ve been researching some of the popular self-fulfilment prophets recently, and Marshall Rosenberg on “Non-violent Communication”, and I badly need to post this, here and now, as an antidote.

Rosenberg’s message seems to be that we shouldn’t think at all, and the others go on about changing our lives with our thoughts until I feel enveloped in sticky threads of confusion.

And then I need to hear Bertrand Russell say:

When you are studying any matter
Or considering any philosophy
Ask yourself only
What are the facts
And what is the truth
That the facts bear out

And Phil Plait say: 

Teach a man to reason
And he’ll think for a lifetime
And … I’ll shut up and let them speak for themselves. 

At the Symphony of Science home page you  can see the lyrics to all the videos

"The complexities of reality"

Thanks to a translator colleague for this link:

“On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Errol Morris explores the story behind the one man seen standing under an open black umbrella at the site.”

Link to “Director’s Statement”

“Years ago, Josiah Thompson, known as Tink, a young, Yale-educated Kierkegaard scholar wrote the definitive book on the Zapruder film — “Six Seconds in Dallas.” Thompson eventually quit his day job as a professor of philosophy at Haverford College to become a private detective and came to work with many of the same private investigators I had also worked with in the 1980s. We had so much in common — philosophy, P.I. work and an obsessive interest in the complexities of reality. But we had never met.”

Secular and religious response to child molestations

Here is a link to a statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests:

The parallels between recent sex abuse cases are disturbing

And I quote:

What is different about PSU and the Citadel, however, is that the outside reaction – from parents, alumni, community members, and the media – has been visceral. These people have rightly been outraged, and heads have rolled because of their public outcry.
Yet we see no such outcry with the church. On the contrary, people have jumped to defend the priests that have been accused of molesting young boys and girls, and moved quickly to attempt to discredit those who came forward, citing misnomers as “this abuse occurred so long ago, get over it,” “you’re in it for the money, “and “if you were actually abused, what took you so long to come forward?”

"Mandatory optimism"

I am posting this because I am participating in a discussion on positive thinking in Sigrun’s Norwegian blog, and I agree so  very much with ms Ehrenreich:

“Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking”:

Here is a link to “Bright-Sided”, Barabara Ehrenreich’s book on the dangers of positive thinking