Current Ideas: A Blog by Jeffrey A. Schaler
I've created this blog--"Current Ideas"--to share news and views related to my teaching, writing, and interests. If you want to post something, please keep it brief and to the point. Good contact is the appreciation of difference. There's no limit on opinions or information posting, but the tone of this blog is one of reasonably civilized discussion. Hate material is out, as well as unsupported extreme personal attacks.
- Name: Jeff Schaler
- Location: Maryland, United States
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
8/25/06 Schizophrenia And Other Psychological Maladies Apply On A Global Scale
By: ROBERT B. SKLAROFF, Special To The Evening Bulletin
If humans have been created in God's image, then nations - even those without borders - function as does humanity...with all its strengths and foibles.
That awareness, perhaps, could help America relate with the psychopathology routinely exhibited by the rest of the world.
Schizophrenics are delusional and illogical, but retain intelligence and memory. Recall the "Four A's" articulated a century ago by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler; they have a flat Affect and loose Associations, and are Ambivalent and Autistic.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
By Richard A. Epstein
[This paper was discussed at the Council's April 2006 meeting. The views expressed here do not represent the official views of the Council or of the United States Government.]
The most visible case in my experience is one in which Virginia Postrel recently gave a kidney to Sally Satel.4 Both are libertarians, which should caution against any easy inferences of personal behavior from political philosophy: to recognize the forces of self-interest is not to be selfish.
Yet, for these purposes, it seems clear that one reason why the Satel/Postrel transaction is so notable is that it is so rare.
4. For Virginia Postrel’s blog, see http://www.dynamist.com/weblog/index.html.
How and why I became an organ donor -- and how I kept people from talking me out of it.
By Virginia Postrel
Texas Monthly, June 2006
Until last November, I'd never thought about being a kidney donor. I hadn't known anyone with kidney disease, and like most people, I hadn't filled out an organ donation form when I'd gotten my driver's license. I'd never even donated blood. That all changed after I ran into a friend and asked, "How's Sally?" I got an unexpected answer: "She's. . . all right," in a tone that made it clear she was most definitely not all right.
Sally Satel and I have been friends since 1997. . . .
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
ü UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
WILLIAM ELIOT HURWITZ,
...2 UNITED STATES v. HURWITZ
TRAXLER, Circuit Judge:
A jury convicted Dr. William E. Hurwitz of multiple counts of
drug trafficking for prescribing narcotic pain medicine in violation of
21 U.S.C.A. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846 (West 1999). Hurwitz appeals,
arguing, inter alia, that the district court improperly admitted evidence
recovered in a search of his office and incorrectly instructed the
jury on the law. Although we affirm the district court’s decision to
admit the evidence seized in the search, we conclude that the district
court did not properly instruct the jury on the controlling law. Accordingly,we vacate Hurwitz’s convictions and remand for a new trial....
Sunday, August 20, 2006
The Rebel Psychologist Faces His Critics
Edited by Jeffrey A. Schaler
Open Court Publishers (forthcoming: release scheduled Fall 2006)
About the Authors
Introduction, by Jeffrey A. Schaler
A Blessing of Influences, Autobiographical Sketch by Howard Gardner
1. What Develops (And How)?
2. Becoming Responsible for Who We Are:
The Trouble With Traits
DAVID R. OLSON
3. Multiple Invalidities
4. Geocentric Theory:
A Valid Alternative to Gardner’s Theory of Intelligence
5. Is the Ability to Make a Bacon Sandwich a Mark of Intelligence? and other issues:
Some Reflections on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
SUSAN M. BARNETT, STEPHEN J. CECI, AND WENDY M. WILLIAMS
6. On Spirituality
TANYA M. LUHRMANN
7. Creativity in Creating Minds
DEAN KEITH SIMONTON
8. Creativity is Always Personal and Only Sometimes Social
MARK A. RUNCO
9. Gardner On Leadership
10. The Second Gardner’s Late Shift:
From Psychology to Outer Space?
CARLOS E. VASCO
11. Changing Minds About Goodwork?
12. Artful Practice: A Reflexive Analysis
13. Considering the U-Curve
Replies to My Critics
Reply to Deanna Kuhn
Reply to David Olson
Reply to John White
Reply to Nathan Brody
Reply to Susan Barnett, Stephen Ceci, and Wendy Williams
Reply to Tanya Luhrmann
Reply to Dean Keith Simonton
Reply to Mark Runco
Reply to Robert Spillane
Reply to Carlos Vasco
Reply to Anna Craft
Reply to Graeme Sullivan
Reply to David Pariser
Howard Gardner Bibliography
[Library of Congress information:
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Chicago : Open Court, 2006.
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9780812696042 (trade paper : alk. paper)
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"Thirteen essays criticize Howard Gardner’s theories of Multiple Intelligence, ability traits, U-shaped curves in development, and other psychological concepts of spirituality, creativity, and leadership; Gardner responds to each"--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The under fire series ; v. 2
BF38 .H67 2006
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Washington’s interests in Israel’s war.
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
The New Yorker
Issue of 2006-08-21Posted 2006-08-14
" . . . The Bush Administration, however, was closely involved in the planning of Israel’s retaliatory attacks. . . . "
Sunday, August 13, 2006
By DEBORAH HASTINGS, AP
NEW YORK (Aug. 12) - It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills - morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.
Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of morphine to cut the pain clenching every part of his body. He will do it twice more before the day is done.
Since he left a bombed-out train depot in Iraq, his gums bleed. There is more blood in his urine, and still more in his stool. Bright light hurts his eyes. A tumor has been removed from his thyroid. Rashes erupt everywhere, itching so badly they seem to live inside his skin. Migraines cleave his skull. His joints ache, grating like door hinges in need of oil.
There is something massively wrong with Herbert Reed, though no one is sure what it is. . . .
Searching for scientific evidence of an afterlife
By Glenn C. Altschuler
Originally published August 13, 2006
Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search For Scientific Proof of Life After Death
The Penguin Press / 371 pages / $24.95
"When his father died, William James, the renowned psychologist and philosopher, grew "dizzy" with the possibility of immortality. Although friends warned him that those who sought proof of life after death were often deemed "weak in the head," James joined other researchers in the United States and England in a Society for Psychical Research."
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Baltimore Sun, August 12, 2006
"BERLIN // German novelist Guenter Grass admitted in an interview that he served in the Waffen SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary forces, during World War II, a German newspaper reported yesterday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ran excerpts of the interview with the Nobel Prize winner . . . "