RE: Is Freud contagious?

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Fri 27 Feb 2004 - 02:33:49 GMT

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    At 04:41 PM 26/02/04 -0500, Scott wrote:

    > 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,

    That and meta, why did Freud's memes have so much (unjustified) influence?

    >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).

    But if you are studying this stuff for *content* it must be like studying alchemy or phlogiston. I.e., before anyone had a decent model of what was going on.

    Keith Henson

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