Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Responding to Suicidal Risk

3/26/13. Ken Pope, Ph.D., ABPP and Melba J.T. Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP

Understanding suicidal risk and what to do about it:


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Better than Good Taste

Revolution in Understanding Psychology: My Beliefs

3/19/13. What do you believe about a revolution in understanding our mind?

We will create a revolution in our understanding of human nature, when we can explain how the brain generates the mind.

We have no idea how the brain can produce a directive, willful “I,” how self-consciousness flows from brain tissue, and how we can go from tangibles such as neurotransmitters and molecules to intangibles such as thoughts, moods, and perceptions.

We don’t know how brain facts become mind facts. We do know that there is not a twisted thought for every twisted neuron.

Early in his career, Freud wrote a book about how the brain worked and was connected to the mind — but he abandoned his work because of the unbridgeable brain-mind discontinuity. He went on to propose his convenient “fictions” of id, ego, and superego.

For psychologists, this brain-mind gap creates obstructions to learning about human nature, leads to accumulating more information than knowledge, and keeps many clinicians trapped in denominational conflicts such as whether to assume a biological or psychodynamic orientation.

 It is not possible to imagine what the obliteration of the mind-brain problem will lead to in our conception of human nature. My hope is that we will come to a greater understanding of the role of freedom in a world we are not yet able to see.

Steven J. Ceresnie, Ph.D.

Michigan Psychologist 2006

Psychological Understanding

3/19/13. Too often muddle-headed or simple-minded = humility and openness.


Gifted Hands - Benjamin Carson

3/19/13...with a gifted mind and a generous heart and years of experience == wisdom


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture Series

3/7/13. My cousin, Steven Skurka, a prominent criminal defence attorney from Toronto, gave a passionate and thoughtful analysis of one of his most memorable and important cases held March 6, 2013 at the University of Windsor Law School. Steve is a seasoned lawyer who has been involved in a number of high profile cases in Canada including the landmark Dee Brown racial profiling case, the Maple Leaf Garden sex abuse scandal, and the Guy Paul Morin wrongful conviction inquiry.

He is the legal analyst of CTV national television network and News Talk 1010 CFRB. He has a unique weekly one hour legal radio show on Newstalk 1010 called Closing Argument.

The title of Steve's talk was "Racial Profiling: R vs Dee Brown A Landmark Canadian Decision and the Case of My Career"


Professor Skurka's lecture:


Tuesday, March 5, 2013