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January 18, 2012

Sigmund Freud envisions augmented reality in 1930


From his great book, "Civilization and Its Discontents":

Now let us make the fantastic supposition that Rome were not a human dwelling-place, but a mental entity with just as long and varied a past history: that is, in which nothing once constructed had perished, and all the earlier stages of development had survived alongside the latest. This would mean that in Rome the palaces of the Caesars were still standing on the Palatine and the Septizonium of Septimius Severus was still towering to its old height; that the beautiful statues were still standing in the colonnade of the Castle of St. Angelo, as they were up to its siege by the Goths, and so on. But more still: where the Palazzo Caffarelli stands there would also be, without this being removed, the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, not merely in its latest form, moreover, as the Romans of the Caesars saw it, but also in its earliest shape, when it still wore an Etruscan design and was adorned with terra-cotta antefixae. Where the Coliseum stands now, we could at the same time admire Nero's Golden House; on the Piazza of the Pantheon we should find not only the Pantheon of today as bequeathed to us by Hadrian, but on the same site also Agrippa's original edifice; indeed, the same ground would support the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva and the old temple over which it was built. And the observer would need merely to shift the focus of his eyes, perhaps, or change his position, in order to call up a view of either the one or the other.

[via The New Yorker]

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The work of Karen Horney strongly influenced the views and practice of a close family member and she is viewed as neo-Freudian.

I think that Cognative Behavioral Therapy is a crock and that the DSM IV-TR has been manipulated by the insurance industry. I shudder to think of how badly the V will deal with PTSD. I know of no political / financial externalities that drove Freud's theories and the nature of the scientific process is revision or rejection of a disproven theory. Nobody hammers deForest because he didn't invent the triode and I can't think of any current application for a tube diode. Both were prolific in their fields and documented their work with a fair to extensive degree of precision. I'd describe both as appropriate in time, place and manner of accomplishment.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 19, 2012 9:28:27 AM

There were psychotherapists before Freud and there were psychotherapists after. They may have called themselves something different, but they were essentially doing the same thing. And quite a few wanted to do evidence based therapy...unlike Freud.

Freud popularized the field, but thats about it...

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 19, 2012 7:39:50 AM

Pardon moi, C - you think the discussion of psychotherapy originated with Bishop Usher or L Ron Hubbard (certainly not Superman: Nietzsche)?

I'm for the 7 % solution (being on the wrong side of the century mark) and, as a nice neighbor noted while we were growing up together, "a thing's a phallic symbol if it's longer than it is wide..." (daughter of an Ob/Gyn - not a shrink).

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 19, 2012 1:50:33 AM

Either that, or he was a judgmental closeted gay that wanted to oppress anyone that was open about their sexuality, while out of his mind high on coke and noting the only woman that he really actually wanted was his mom.

The dude was a wackjob. He put psychology behind a hundred years...

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 18, 2012 5:44:40 PM

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