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The current situation in psychiatry is like that prevailing in other branches of medicine as little as fifty years ago. The OP is right: psychiatry is theoretically compromised, methodologically flawed, in short, scientifically unsound; but the OP is also wrong, because psychiatry is a body of empirical knowledge of proven efficacy.
Originally posted by SpacePunk
reply to post by BugByte
I wasn't aware the $cientology people are on ATS.
Scents is fraudulent and based on theory.
Even Einstein said "The more I study science, the more I believe in a Supreme Creator".
Spinoza asserted that for a concept of god to make any sense at all, it must simply be nature. That is, god cannot be something outside nature that controls it, but must necessarily be part of it. According to Spinoza, God IS nature. While Spinoza was excommunicated from his Jewish community in Amsterdam and condemned by Christians as well for being an atheist, he was very devoutly religious. He saw the traditional anthropomorphic (man-like) god as an abomination, completely rejecting the wonder of nature, from which life comes. To Spinoza, nature is the true expression of God. And each of us is part of it.
'I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.'
'It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.'
Even though I think Einstein was a fraud too.
I believe in the Perfect Savior.
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You Chances of being raped are better on your psychiatrists couch in broad daylight than in Central Park at night
Originally posted by X-tal_Phusion not psychiatrists (who can cause serious damage because they NEVER test first)!
Originally posted by SonOfChaosIf you don't need medicine go to a counselor or psychologist. I think a lot of people are getting meds cause they are going to the wrong specialist.