From: Brad - Eufrates (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 26 Feb 2004 - 17:46:44 GMT
Freud is a wonderful poet but a horrible scientist. I think there
is an article in Atlantic Monthly about how off-base and even
dishonest Freud was.
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> Subject: Is Freud contagious?
> In his book _Totem and Taboo_ Freud is discussing some of the
> same topics re: totemism which Durkheim addresses in _The
> Elementary Forms of Religious Life_, but Freud puts a
> psychoanalytical spin on them by looking at so-called
> "savages" (eg- native Australians) in similar terms as
> Freud also addresses incest avoidance and mentions Westermarck.
> Anyway, here's a quote memeticists might want to ponder.
> Freud reflects (page 42):
> (bq)"Anyone who has violated a taboo becomes taboo himself
> because he possesses the dangerous quality of tempting others
> to follow his
> example: why should *he* be allowed to do what is forbidden to
> Thus he is truly contagious in that every example encourages
> imitation, and for that reason he himself must be shunned"(eq)
> Sigmund Freud. 1950. Totem and Taboo: Some Points of
> Agreement Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics.
> WW Norton & Company. New York
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