Earthpages.ca

Think Free


Leave a comment

Phrenology – A case of science overextending itself

Phrenology is a word popularized by Johann Caspar Spurzheim (1776-1832) to describe a pseudo-scientific theory developed by Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828). Gall hypothesized that different brain regions are responsible for specific functions. Today, the details are debated but this model … Continue reading


Leave a comment

Psychiatry – An evolving science

Psychiatrist and patient in counseling session Psychiatry generally sees itself as a branch of medicine specializing in the assessment, treatment, study and prevention of unhealthy psychological suffering. However, not everyone sees psychiatry in an entirely benign light. In a nutshell, … Continue reading


2 Comments

Science Fiction (Sci-Fi)

Embed from Getty Images Science Fiction (sci-fi) is a genre of literature, TV and film sometimes trivialized by art snobs and the literary establishment. Critics say science fiction characters are wooden, two-dimensional “cardboard cutouts” rarely developed in the manner of, … Continue reading


Leave a comment

Who’s got the power?

Way Back The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle defined power in a way that remarkably prefigures Sir Isaac Newton‘s three laws of motion. Aristotle says power is The agent causing a change in something The ability or potential in an object enabling … Continue reading


2 Comments

Poststructuralism – Another label to be avoided?

Poststructuralism could be defined as an approach to knowledge that appeared in the social sciences during the 1960s to 70s as a reaction against or outgrowth of structuralism. The term poststructuralism was most chic within academic circles during the mid-1980s to … Continue reading


Leave a comment

Postmodernism – Not necessarily absurd or without wings

The term postmodernism became popular in the 1970s and 80s but has roots reaching back through the centuries. Social theorists usually try to define concepts through a key set of ideas and parameters. Postmodernism challenges conventional perceptions of “the definition” … Continue reading


2 Comments

Pollution – Not always what you think

From the 1960s and 70s onward, awareness of environmental pollution has increased steadily. In 2017 the Green movement is almost like a religion for many. Personalities like Al Gore present themselves as objective reporters of scientific fact while promoting particular … Continue reading