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"A must read for all who value freedom."
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The Destructiveness of Mechanistic-mystical Thinking in Psychiatry

In the lead article of the Review section, September 14-15 issue of The Wall Street Journal entitled, ‘Will Your Uploaded Mind Still Be You?’, the author, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University attempts to compare the natural science of psychiatry with the operation of a mechanical computer to provide an understanding of how the brain works. He postulates that structural causes in the brain are sufficient to explain biological functions and equates the structure of the brain with the human mind (a psychic function). As a neuroscientist, he is convinced that the brain is comparable to a computer and that “mind uploading,”…”preserving a persons consciousness in a digital afterlife,” will one day happen because “there are no laws of physics that stand in the way.” It just depends on technology that has not yet been invented.

This is an illustration of how the mechanistically oriented scientist resorts to mystical thinking to support his preformed mechanical hypothesis that requires an explanation: The neurons of the brain are “working parts” that are used over and over to “create complexity” …”Information” flows … through “vast connected networks in complex and unpredictable patterns, [somehow] creating the mind” (italics added).

The error of applying mechanistic-mystical thinking to biological functions has been a stumbling block in psychiatry for ages. It will continue until human beings are capable of thinking functionally. The error consists in believing that the structure of the brain determines its biological function. In fact, the reverse is true; biological function determines the brain’s organization. The persistence of this erroneous idea results in scientists remaining clueless about the fact that their armored way of thinking is itself a dead-end. The latest example of this mechanical thinking is that the functioning of the brain is compared to the operation of a machine-like computer.

Armored people will go to any to means to defend themselves from emotionally experiencing their biological roots even to the extent of identifying themselves with robotic computers. The destructive consequences of reducing human life to a machine passes by completely unnoticed.

6 Comments

  1. My father suffer of glaucoma.
    Is still valid the Louisa Lance’s article’s in the Journal of Orgonomy Volume 14 Number 2 “A therapeutic Bonus: Remission of Glaucoma during Psychiatric Orgone Therapy”, and what are the exercise?
    Thank you

    • The remission of glaucoma in the patient was part of the therapeutic process of medical orgone therapy. The result was not simply a mechanical exercise.

  2. Can’t one consider „transhumanism“ the second (and final) step in human armoring – the “mechanization” of homo sapiens? First the human animal considered himself and acted like a machine (“armor”). Now he ACTUALLY turns into one, a cyborg.

    • The tail is wagging the dog.

  3. The original article
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-your-uploaded-mind-still-be-you-11568386410

    The other direction of this mechanical thinking is to make robots more and more human-like and to create an artificial AI. In utopia these are the better people.

    • With a robotic society the realm of the Devil has been realized.


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