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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


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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


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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


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Pisces – Something fishy here?

Before the internet most newspapers had a horoscope section. It might have been a small weekly column or a full-blown page on weekends. Every morning my family read the local paper. I always managed to get the entertainment and sports … Continue reading


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Psi – Good, evil, real or fantasy?

Psi (Ψ, ψ) is a Greek letter that today names frat houses and also denotes the idea of paranormal phenomena. Coined by Bertold P. Wiesner, “psi” was appropriated in 1942 by Drs. Robert Thouless to indicate ESP.¹ Psi later became an umbrella … Continue reading


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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


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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 to or outgrowth of structuralism. The term poststructuralism was chic within academic circles during the mid-1980s to … Continue reading