From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 26 Feb 2004 - 21:41:58 GMT
>From: "Brad - Eufrates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Is Freud contagious?
>Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:46:44 -0600
>Freud is a wonderful poet but a horrible scientist.
From what I vaguely recall, Freud did some interesting neurobiological work on lamprey (and other organisms I can't remember right now). Maybe he should have stuck to this work. I can't think of much he contributed to modern psychology that's worthy of merit, beyond some nifty neologisms. Maybe the superego has some value as a moral constraint.
He is of historical interest though, and is nested well within the subset of
early psychology I'm interested in, allied to Jung and sharing a debt to
Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Haeckel, etc. (ie- long dead German guys).
>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)
> > ref:
> > 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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