RE: Is Freud contagious?

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Fri 27 Feb 2004 - 02:52:31 GMT

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    >From: Keith Henson <>
    >Subject: RE: Is Freud contagious?
    >Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 21:33:49 -0500
    >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.
    One can, though realizing how far off track the specifics of Gall's phrenology were, appreciate this flawed system as a primitive form of modularity.

    (bq)"Faculty psychology [including the phrenology of Gall- Scott's insertion] was largely abandoned at the beginning of the 20th century, but now, with the modular theory of mind, it is regaining prominence."(eq)

    [from page 37 of Dylan Evans' and Oscar Zarate's 2000 book _Introducing Evolutionary Psychology_. Totem Books. New York, New York]

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