Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

World Alzheimer Report 2015

Earlier today, the Alzheimer's Disease International group released its "World Alzheimer Report 2015" document.

It can be found at: Report.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The "Fuck Katrina" Mixtape - Katrina+10, K10

My Katrina blog entry from 03 September 2005:
Shame on US

The "Fuck Katrina" Mixtape:

Monday, August 10, 2015

OBIT: Prof. Jean Aicardi

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The "Dissidents" Win The Ban, Psychologists Cause American Psychological Association (APA) to Ban its Support of Torture and Interrogation Participation

Friday, the 7th of August 2015, was the day the anti-torture reformers (The "Dissidents") won a victory that was a decade-long in the making.

Here is the approved resolution: document here.

Now, the devil will be in the details as the ban needs to be encoded and formalized. Stay vigilant. Regardless of whether or not you are a member of the APA (I am not), stay vigilant. But, enjoy and long remember the day when the membership won an important victory.

Psychologists Approve Ban on Role in National Security Interrogations
James Risen
The New York Times
07 August 2015

Read the article here.

Other media reports include Democracy Now! coverage and interviews and another excellent BuzzFeed piece.

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Torture Psychology and the American Psychological Association (APA) - #APA2015

This is a "turning point" week for American psychology, with implications that are generational, rather than short-term. These are implications that directly impact the profession and science of psychology and the degree of trust that the public can have in psychology.

Will the APA as an entity say "no" to torture, say "no" to its increased militarization, and say "no" to this Obedience-To-Our-Authority approach to membership, especially members who disagree with the entity's 'party line'? Or will it say "yes" to a return to ethics, say "yes" to an embrace of "First, Do No Harm" approach to its services, and say "yes" to an end of its bullying of people who do not agree with them? We still do not know.

You can find the "Hoffman Report" here: click here

Wednesday was a pre-conference day of workshops and meetings for the APA, including a meeting of its Council of Representatives. The most detailed media coverage of that meeting was provided on BuzzFeed, written by journalist Peter Aldhous. It is essential reading. Here is the link: After Damning Torture Report, Psychology Fights For Its Soul.

Another essential read of the day comes from Todd Essig, writing for Forbes. Here is the link: Can You Still Trust Psychology After The Torture Scandal?

Still other essential reads come from Steven Reisner, S. Shaw, and Physicians for Human Rights:

Steven Reisner:

From Dr. Reisner

S. Shaw:

How Not to Suck: APA and Torture

Physicians for Human Rights:

PHR Urges Ban on Psychologists’ Participation in Interrogations: Toronto Meeting Provides Opportunity for Key Ethics Reforms

[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Tell The APA That Torture is Wrong And That They Need to Become Ethical Representatives of Psychology

Tell the American Psychological Association that torture is wrong, that they need to find a way to become ethical representatives of psychology and psychologists --- or they should just remove themselves from being a body that purports to represent American psychologists and psychology.


[Photo by Anthony Risser, 15 June 2008, Philadelphia]