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Admirable Evasions-Theodore Dalrymple with Scott Cluthe LIVE

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Scott interviews LIVE from London Theodore Dalrymple, author of Admiralbe Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality
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If all the antidepressants and anxiolytics in the world were thrown into the sea, as Oliver Wendell Holmes once suggested should be done with the whole of the pharmacopoeia, if all textbooks of psychology were withdrawn and pulped, if all psychologists ceased to practice, if all university departments of psychology were closed down, if all psychological research were abandoned, if all psychological terms were excised from everyday speech, would Mankind be the loser or the gainer, the wiser or the more foolish? Would his self-understanding be any the less? Would his life be any the worse?

Theodore Dalrymple argues that most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications that often ignore the most obvious evidence, but they are also socially harmful in allowing those who believe in them to blame their personal distress on their childhood, genes, neurochemistry, or evolutionary pressures—among a multitude of other possibilities.

Admirable Evasions exposes how the fashionable schools of thought in psychology, while each claiming to have achieved deeper insight into human nature than ever before, in fact push further away from the honest self-examination that is necessary in the formation of human character.

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