Can the mind be reduced to mere physio-chemical properties? Are experiences, thoughts, and feelings simply the product of chemical reactions in our brain? Atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, rejects such a view of the mind. In his book Mind and Cosmos, Nagel points out that belief in the material reductionist view of the mind is almost certainly false.
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Can Stoicism help you become more creative? Scott Perry of The Stoic Creative thinks so. I talk with Scott, author of The Stoic Creative book and podcast. We talk about how to use Stoicism to create a rich life of tranquility, creativity, and satisfaction.
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For those interested in freedom, psychiatry and Thomas Szasz, the book Faith in Freedom gives the reader insight into Szasz’ commitment to freedom and personal autonomy. Continue reading “Faith in Freedom: Libertarian Principles and Psychiatric Practices”
Jeffrey Schaler and Aaron Olson talk about Schaler’s new book, Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas. Szasz was a psychiatrist who did not believe in the concept of mental illness. Rather, he saw emotional distress as, “problems of living”. We talk about what Szasz meant when he said he did not believe that “mental illness” was a real illness. Szasz believed that mental illness was a metaphor. Continue reading “Jeffrey Schaler On Thomas Szasz”
What is Autonomous Psychotherapy?
The Ethics of Psychoanalysis is a brilliant book on how to practice ethical psychotherapy. But, what is psychotherapy to a psychiatrist who does not believe in mental illness? Continue reading “The Ethics of Psychoanalysis: The Theory and Method of Autonomous Psychotherapy”
Why do we consider some drugs dangerous, and other drugs as safe? For author Thomas Szasz, the answer lies in the meaning that we assign to chemicals; not the chemical makeup of the drugs themselves. Continue reading “Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers”