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The Theater of the Brain by Robert Berezin.

In Robert Whitaker’s article from last December, “INTAR 2016: A Global Call for a New Paradigm” he wrote that by the end of the conference, this gathering of representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the International Disability Alliance had “embraced a common thought: a new global health narrative was needed, one that could replace the failed ‘medical model’ that dominates mental health today.”

This call for a new paradigm reflects the awareness that the paradigm of pharmaceutical psychiatry, brought to you by the APA and the pharmaceutical companies, has failed. I have blogged extensively that these beliefs are not only ineffective and wrong, they are harmful, corrupt, and scientifically bankrupt. They will go the way of all false promises. Once biochemical psychiatry is discarded, which will inevitably happen, and is happening now, what will we be left with? What will replace it?

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Care?

Does the Politically Charged Oscar Speech Accomplish Anything? by Tom Jacobs.

Regarding this year’s Academy Awards, there’s one bet that is absolutely safe to place: Many of the winners and presenters—not to mention host Jimmy Kimmel—will be making political statements. But it’s not clear whether their jokes and entreaties will change any minds, or inspire any activism. Does anyone really care what celebrities think?

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Human Sacrifice

Researchers Discover a New Reason Why Ancient Societies Practiced Human Sacrifice by Philip Perry.

Human sacrifice is today, a part of urban legends or the serial murders of a few, craven madmen. But dig deeper into history and you’ll find that it was a part of many societies and took place in most regions around the world. These include the South Pacific, ancient Japan, early Southeast Asian societies, ancient Europe, certain Native American cultures, in Mesoamerica, and among the great civilizations of the ancient world. Babylon, Egypt, China, Greece, and even the precursor to the Romans, all took part in ritualized killings. In ancient Egypt and China, for instance, slaves were often buried alive, along with the body of their sovereign, to serve him in the afterlife.

Though condemned by the international community and wiped off the face of the Earth (as far as we know), the idea of human sacrifice still sends chills up the spine. Perhaps it’s because it runs counter to all we hold dear. Human rights are supposed to be edified, though in many places in the world, only lip service is paid. But even that small effort shows how the concept has solidified within the international psyche.

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Frenzy

CJ reviews The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor, Jr.

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Unhelpful

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes by David Epstein.

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.

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Ink Blot

Milo Is A Rorschach Blot About Whom The Reaction Reveals All by D.C. McAllister.

Think of Milo as a Rorschach test, an ink blot that reveals truths about whoever is observing him. What’s important isn’t the ink blot, but what the response to it reveals about the observer. The outrage and violence that swirls around Milo isn’t just about him; it’s about those who react to him.

Yes, he’s provocative, contrarian, outlandish, and offensive, poking his finger in the eye of just about everyone around him. But he also conveys a message that the Left finds unacceptable. His attacks on feminism and identity politics, his fierce defense of free speech on college campuses and freedom of personal choice without being policed by those who are politically correct—all of these ideas offend the Left.

They always have, but in the climate surrounding the Donald Trump victory, the Left as a mob is particularly unhinged. In every sphere they are trying to suppress and subvert anything and anyone who propelled Trump into office. The outrage against Milo is not merely one of moral principles regarding a single individual. It’s hardly that—especially from those on the Left. Their outrage is what it has always been—hatred for anyone who opposes them. And Milo certainly opposes them, often and with flair.

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Rage

The Rage against the Machine — Understanding the Milo Phenomenon David French.

The folk-hero Right lives, eats, and breathes defiance in the face of leftism’s overwhelming cultural dominance.

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Option

Emma Green reviews The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher.

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Dangerous?

Are Refugees Dangerous? by Robert Carle.

President Trump’s executive order on immigration is deeply troubling, because it inflicts suffering on “the least of these” for political gain. This demeans the office of the President and robs the United States of its moral high ground in the War on Terror.

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Shyness

Atlantic reviews Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness by Joe Moran.

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Magical

The Sun Does Not Rise by Andrew Crumey.

How magical thinking haunts our everyday language, and fossilised ideas live on in even the most sophisticated science.

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Worry

What Humanists Worry about Most by Patrick Hudson.

Last week the American Humanist Association polled its Facebook followers on what their major concerns about the Trump administration are. The choices boiled down to women’s reproductive rights, climate change, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the Johnson Amendment. While the results were close, freedom of speech was seen as the top issue under threat, with 27 percent of responders choosing it. Climate change was a close second with 25 percent of the vote, followed by religious freedom (19 percent), reproductive rights (15 percent), and the Johnson Amendment (14 percent).

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Disability

The Doughnut Disability by Steven Malanga.

Government employees get sick and injured at higher rates than their private-sector peers.

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Plagues

How Plagues Really Work by Wendy Orent.

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities.

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Hope

PD reviews Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America by Michael R. Wear.

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Deep State

The Flynn Affair Shows What It Will Take For Trump To Restore Constitutional Government by David Danford.

As long as the administrative state thinks it can resist the people’s elected representatives, none of us can claim that the law rules and not men.

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Hypocrites

Why Both The Left And Right Are Political Hypocrites And What To Do About It by Jonathan Bethune.

There can be no meaningful dialogue premised upon shared values if both sides only apply those values when it lets them score points.

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Resistance

Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump by David Harsanyi.

Sure, it matters that Donald Trump owns a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president during the general election — don’t like Donald Trump. They do realize that politics is a tradeoff. A more revealing question pollsters might ask people is: But do you “like” any better Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren, pussy-hatted marchers griping about the patriarchy, or the totalitarians blocking Education Secretary Betsy Devos from walking into a public school?

That’s the choice #TheResistance — whose mantra, let’s face it, has synched with the national Democratic Party — has created for many moderate Republicans, right-leaning independents, and movement conservatives concerned about Trump. Which is to say, they offer no choice whatsoever. They offer plenty of hysteria, hypocrisy, and conflating of conservatism with Trumpism for political gain.

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Discrimination

How to Think About Discrimination: Race, Sex, and SOGI by Ryan T. Anderson.

Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) antidiscrimination laws are unjustified, but if other policies are adopted to address the mistreatment of people who identify as LGBT, they must leave people free to engage in legitimate actions based on the conviction that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other.

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Teach

What Jesus Can Teach Today’s Muslims by Mustafa Akyol.

What is the trouble with Islam? Why are there so many angry Muslims in the world who loathe the West? Why do self-declared Islamic states impose harsh laws that oppress minorities, women and “apostates”? Why are there terrorists who kill in the name of Allah?

Many in the West have been asking these kinds of questions for decades. Answers have varied from claiming that there is no problem within Islam today, which is too defensive, to asserting that Islam itself is a huge problem for the world, which is unfair and prejudiced. Luckily, more informed observers offered more objective answers: The Islamic civilization, once the world’s most enlightened, has lately been going through an acute crisis with severe consequences.

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