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When bad sciences die, they reappear as bad novels?


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Or get reimagined that way, anyway.

Readers may recall that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the psychiatric handbook of mental disorders (in North America), once regarded as a tool of medical science, took a huge hit recently, because its ”weakness is its lack of validity.” It’s a curious fact that information from this document could be used to detain people against their will; and yet now …

Now it is reimagined as an unconventional novel:

… also not exactly a conventional novel. Its full title is an unwieldy mouthful: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. The author (or authors) writes under the ungainly nom de plume of The American Psychiatric Association – although a list of enjoyably silly pseudonyms is provided inside (including Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Dan Blazer, and the superbly alliterative Susan Swedo). The thing itself is on the cumbersome side. Over two inches thick and with a thousand pages, it’s unlikely to find its way to many beaches. Not that this should deter anyone; within is a brilliantly realized satire, at turns luridly absurd, chillingly perceptive, and profoundly disturbing.

There may be a lesson in the fate of psychiatry’s DSM for other sciences whose representatives think that censorship, firings, etc., will solve problems with lack of validity.

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose

Computer scientists prove Godel's Ontological proof for the existence of God. Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists - Oct. 27, 2013 Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel.,,, researchers,, say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel,,, Using an ordinary MacBook computer, they have shown that Gödel's proof was correct,,, http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/computer-scientists-prove-god-exists/story?id=20678984 Of note, although most people, as well as theologians, philosophers and logicians, would certainly think that proving Godel's Ontological argument for the existence of God logically true, and consistent, was a pretty big deal, it seems the author of the article (and researchers?) were more impressed with the advance in computer programming that it represented than they were impressed with the fact that they proved Godel's proof was actually true. This is how the author of the article put it: "and the real news isn't about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology. " I think someone may have their priorities a bit confused. Here is the entire paper: Formalization, Mechanization and Automation of Godel’s Proof of God’s Existence - 10 Sep 2013 Christoph Benzmullerand Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo http://arxiv.org/pdf/1308.4526.pdfbornagain77
October 27, 2013
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