On of my favorite jokes:
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Is this a joke?"
Paul Roazen, Ph.D. (1936 – 2005): Being Honest about the Past
--- Joseph Epstein in Narcissus Leaves the Pool.
The quote above from Joseph Epstein, teacher, editor, essayist and short-story writer, reminds me of the work of philosopher David Hume. In 1739 Hume wrote that reason is, and ought only be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to another office than serve and obey the passions. Our moral intuitions are the way to understand moral truths.
David Hume would approve of the work of Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”), professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia. He has brought Hume and Epstein into the laboratory, moving moral psychology from a rationalist model to an intuitive, emotional level. He explains his moral model in his new best-seller, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 – 1972)
ADHD, like other disorders of mental life, is not an isolated set of problems but is deeply woven into the developmental course of the patient.
“Fifty Shades of Gray Matter,” was the first title Sally Satel wanted but she had to go with “Brainwashed. The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.”
1. This Is Your Brain on Ahmadinejad: Or What is Brain Imaging?
3. Addiction and the Brain-Disease Fallacy
4. The Telltale Brain: Neuroscience and Deception
5. My Amygdala Made Me Do It: The Trials of Neurolaw
6. The Future of Blame: Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility
Epilogue: Mind over Gray Matter
(1) Kagan, Jerome. The Human Spark. The Science of Human Development. New York: Basic Books, 2013.
(2) The authors dedicate their book to James Q. Wilson, a brilliant social scientist. Please type James Q. Wilson into the search box for this site and some of his articles will be available for you to read.
Regarding Drs. Pieter Cohen’s and Nicolas Rasmussen’s article, “A Nation of Kids on Speed,” these authors make evident that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a well-known disorder that is not known well.
What is not known well:
The authors correctly note that psychological diagnosis is based on symptoms --- and as many recent criticisms of the DSM-V have pointed out, we have a psychiatric diagnostic manual that is more reliable (consistent) than valid (the disorder exists). We rely on symptoms to treat such disorders as ADHD because we have no valid biological tests to diagnose ADHD or any psychological disorder. Our psychiatric diagnoses are significantly handicapped because we have no idea how the water of the brain generates the wine of consciousness.