Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nothing scientific about Freud

From a NewScientist magazine interview:
IN HIS new book Dream Life: An experimental memoir, psychiatrist and dream researcher J. Allan Hobson looks back on his life and puts forward his dream theory of protoconsciousness. ...

Psychoanalytic theory is popular because it's easy to understand, but I think it's wrong. I don't think dreams are caused by the release of repressed infantile wishes. There's nothing scientific about psychoanalysis, there's nothing scientific about Sigmund Freud. He didn't do a single experiment, he didn't do any direct observation, he used no controls. The guy was out to lunch.
Yes, Freud is popular even tho there is nothing scientific about his theories, and they are wrong. (But I am not sure this guy's theory is any better.)

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