Review of Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia After the Decade of the Brain by Alphonse de Waelhens

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on December 31, 2020 @ 5:43 am

Phenomenology and Lacan on Schizophrenia After the Decade of the Brain by Alphonse de Waelhens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I would have given this 5 stars for the de Waelhens, but for Ver Eecke’s introduction.

Ver Eecke’s introduction does a good good job of bringing up to date (2001) later changes in bio-medical psychiatric opinion (to De Waelhens 1978 papers), as well as challenging these bio-medical psychiatric opinions, but from the perspective reading in 2020, this section itself lacks (due to its publication date) even more recent challenges.

Whereas De Waelhens part is very good as a perspective on a challenge to Lacanianism from a phenomenological perspective.

As such, whilst Ver Eecke’s contribution to is a quality survey of later bio-medical opinion and its critiques, it is premised on the primacy of the bio-medical opinion that has been challenged by other models such as the cognitive and trauma models (and their relation to broader epidemiological social models).

Along with neuroscientific models that take plasticity into account, then we can use this later cognitive and trauma models to then come back to look at such phenomenological-psychoanalytic models again (including the problem of Freud’s U-Turn on the existence of abuse), but it is not necessary to (even as Ver Eecke does, ‘grudgingly’) concede to the bio-medical model at all, so it was a not a necessary foregrounding to these papers by De Waelhens even if it would have been perfectly good as a standalone book.

But these two books within books are somehow separate (apart form the specific attempts by Ver Eecke to compare, which are mercifully few)



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He Put the Faith on Him

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on December 26, 2020 @ 9:20 am

Influence is to hierarchy
In enlisted cover lists
As Ummagumma is to Meddle

And issues of hypostasis
Cognitive
Theological lack

First name terms
Appleblim gas
And coffee percolators

Rodney P
Sherlock, Cereal Killers
St Pauli and Faith

Dollshouse Consumer Ethics
And Schmittian right
To Choose Your Leader

But to take
No other part
(to which you are entitled)

The working class can’t count
The working class mustn’t count

Just a juryist approval
Acceptance as acquiescence

CBT ACT
Id’s as easy
As ABC

Shame sham
Shamer shame

Dunbar 150
Here come’s
The Judge
500 push up
Rude Boy

There’s a
Delay in the Vibe
You’ll Get
The Mugwump later

‘Proley
Art Threat

They were
No Prince
Buster
Now they’re learning
The Words
Obscure
Or Absurdist
But it Never Gets in

They Just
A Butt in

In a word
“You don’t know
The meaning of
The word”

The

Logos
Lefebvre
Farce-aid
Pseudologos

Ipse Dixit
Twats

Pass it on
Theory Henri
Arsenal
Big Stick

Breaks the Rules
Of

No Blacks
No Irish
No French

Isn’t that right, John?

Just cos it ain’t against
The Law
Doesn’t make it
The Law

(Technically it is
Well,
Actually
Well
Illegal)

I fought
The Law
And…

There was no Alternative
(to choice)
All other roads were
(deliberately)
Shut off

Heavy Kettle
Heavy Mettle
Heavy Meddling
Champion Sound
Heavy Loungin’

Big Dada
Big Brother
Big Sistah
Big Kaka
Bwana Baba Mzuri
Baba Yaga

No Knock Knock
You need a warrant

John Wick
Chad Wick
To Kill A
Mocking
(done) Bird
Skin Walker

Market Stalinist
Lives of Others
Cybernetics is an Old Science

The Greek Stasi!

The story of
The Bakhtin Shark
And the
Gombrich Eaves Sham
Droppings

Doggy Dropped it
(When a policeman calls)

Sick Parrot Mimesis
Pass it on
The left hand side,
Dutch chess

(It’s a Wrap)

Got it in for
Out For
Her Golden

The Leader
Of the Anti-Fascists
Hoi Sin
Duck

Make Dem Know
I Bowled Them
All Out Ten Year Ago

But the Pigeons are
Still a-shitting
On the Board
Like They
Are All One

Parrot Doley Arse

And the Cuzoj


Das Ding a 零 Ding
When the Pavlov Bells
Psycho Pomp
Toll Vier Ewe

Fucking Sort it Out!

Alien! Alien!
Schizo Jam
Don

Asmoday!

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on July 13, 2020 @ 11:01 am

Don’t get me wrong,
I don’t mind
Pop-up unions.

It’s those fucking
Flying Panopticons
that really piss me off.

Only you!

Hoisted by his own petard

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on July 11, 2020 @ 3:09 pm

“He hated Lewis Carroll. It was a load of nonsense, and what’s more he spent too much time with that little girl.


Stuff and nonsense! That’s what it was. He hated it so much he had “stuff” tattooed on one set of knuckles on one hand, and “nonsense” on the other. Only thing was, that whilst “stuff” fitted on his knuckles fine, on the other hand there was only room for “nonse-“, the rest of the “-nse” he had tattooed round and down the side of that hand.


His mates tried to point out that he therefore had what amounted to the word “nonce”, at least phonetically, tattooed on one of his knuckles. “Yeah, that’s right”, he said, “I hate nonces like that fucking Lewis Carroll, and this fist is for punching them with”. Unfortunately, a lot of people still thought it meant he was the nonce. So he had to punch a lot of people. And even more unfortunately than that, some of these people were harder than him, and they didn’t like nonces either.”

Trivial Pursuit

Filed under:Random notes — posted by Schizostroller on May 19, 2020 @ 7:56 am

If all five of the senses are perceived through sensual organs, then what we believe we perceive directly ‘with our own eyes’ must obey Newton’s Laws. That physics has discovered relativity and quantum physics is due to the brains conceptual ability. However that the brain makes sense of the other five sensual organs’ perceptions, makes it also a sensual organ. For the brain to interpret the complex impressions the sensual organs perceive it must learn, and this learning comes as much from learned communication from outside, through these sensual organs as it does its own internal workings. That there is a disjunct between these two makes our own experiences our own, but only in a social understanding. As such the phrase ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ should therefore not be misunderstood as a singular, individual interpretation, it allows for difference, but is still some form of social knowledge – mostly via language, but also through emotional interpersonal behaviour . It is for this reason that rather than insisting on homogeneity (which is authoritarian), democracy (although I don’t mean the narrow definition of democracy as ‘only’ voting for representative leaders in a parliament here) is the tool by which we regulate the reality that social difference exists, and needs to exist for us to think at all, and think through our sensual organs’ perceptions healthily with sufficiently free emotions to create in everyday life. This is why Lacan said the relation of the Symbolic to the Real is ignorance (although I will leave it to your imagination why he said the relation of the Imaginary to the Real was hate).

However, back to the phrase ‘Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder’ as social perception, it is for this reason that if the object of your love has only one interest – that is, you who loves he/she/it – it is not necessarily beautiful. Beauty, necessarily is at least trivial. There must be at least two more inputs of interest (even if in modern society, one of these can be a mirror). This is the most basic understanding of the existence of the ‘Other’ in psychoanalysis. Echo lost herself in her pursuit of Narcissus as there was no longer a third interest, once he saw his own reflection. For that we cannot blame her.

Meaningless Statements

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on @ 7:10 am

Actually casting a stone,
Believing one
Is without
Sin

Is akin to
Fighting over a golden
Apple to see who
Is fairest.

One should
Not judge the innocent.
The naive fuckers.

On stepping in puddles

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on May 16, 2020 @ 7:33 am

When I mistakenly
step in a puddle,
I usually don’t mind
the feet wetting aspect.
However…
I tend to be more than slightly
chagrined
when the puddle firstly
kills Tasha Yar,
and then proceeds to
entrap me, insisting
it is the only permitted truth
in all existence

Karma by the dozens

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on April 15, 2020 @ 10:47 am

If Karma’s a bitch,
does that make it
a dog’s ma?

Much like
your mum!

Treatment

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on April 3, 2020 @ 8:28 am

I have often noticed with your
treatment of me, that
I am to be held
responsible, but you
think you are not

We will remember them

Filed under:poetry — posted by Schizostroller on February 5, 2020 @ 10:13 am

When you are feeling sick
with weltschmerz from
too much Puritan
Karpman Drama Triangle
AC/DC rescuing and persecution.
And you need to find
some kind of pleasure.
There is always
schaden freude to be found
in remembering Thomas Cook
and Club 18-30 holidays.


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