Feb 16, 2013 12:16pm

After all.

Isn't it based on scientific principles?


Feb 16, 2013 12:18pm

It's ok to feel your feelings, Mr.P.


Feb 16, 2013 12:22pm

I recall listening to an interview-turned-speech by Adolph Hitler from around 1936. And in it he says, something like: 

`We're not just Nazi thugs you know. Our movement is soundly-based on cultural principles that are dear to us. It goes like this—.´

Well, beyond that, I couldn't understand a word. Now doesn't that show that psychobbable came about a long, long time ago, and it may have been with us since ancient times?


Feb 16, 2013 12:29pm

There's a possibility I mis-spelled the abstract noun at the heart of the topic's title. My instincts tell me it ought to be spelt psychobabblry. That's a little better, isn't it? Anyway, I'm sure I misspelled Adolf


Feb 16, 2013 12:36pm

I like it.

And all that sublimated angst still got us to the moon. 


Feb 16, 2013 12:44pm

It would be cheating for me to consult the dictionary: and so I don't really know. But isn't sublimation the expression of another passion, &c in a sexual manner?


Feb 16, 2013 1:14pm

It's ok to feel your feelings, Mr.P.


Feb 16, 2013 8:28pm

and grammar mistakes too.


look; i can do ittt,and i dont care just keep typing and you finally let go irts so liberatingDONT GO BACK AND AMMMED even when its so close it's hard to do but inthe end,ok unless the word comes out like emd for end maybe you ned to go back bur, or but just add it on, it also helps in typing speed and grammar well blame it on the Americans who is really going to check if you lay on the coach all day or lie on the couch all day, like I did yesterday besides half the people here wouldn't know propper grammar if it bit them in the arse and so run and run on sentenses can go except you may get the odd TLTR

BE FREE, NO REGRETS, go against the grain


Feb 16, 2013 8:30pm

oh yeah, regarding psycobabble....if it helps fine. Combined with a degree in life it can be helpful to guide others


Feb 17, 2013 3:12am

There's a reason why psychologists are getting paid less and less each year. 


Neuroscience is where the real things go on


Feb 17, 2013 3:50am

From what little I know of their efforts, `neuroscientists´ don't seem to understand consciousness; but I think that I do, even though I haven't as much as to have attended university. I worked it out for myself, you see. The former appear to believe it's based on having sufficient cerebral circuitry and `computing power´. But I fancy it's to do with producing and running comparisons, and with savouring one contrast upon another in countless contrasts on contrasts. then there is awareness, you see. Meanwhile, the increasingly isolated doters-on George Noory & Co, continue believing that consciousness is as an entity in itself, even the basis of reality 


Feb 17, 2013 5:55am

Then again you could also be insane.


Feb 17, 2013 6:05am

Well, what's your claim to fame? And how can it be insane to have faith in the notion that awareness is in having about eleven comparisons taking place in parallel, and with each a variation on something like the actuality with the memory of something comparable, with expectaion, probability, possibility, &c. And from each would flow a conclusion of sorts: whereon they could be compared, one against another, and so on, and so on?


Feb 17, 2013 6:22am

Relax, Mr. P.


I didn't say you were inasne. I said you could be insane. What do I know?


I'm not even a real doctor.


Feb 17, 2013 6:41am

But I am relaxed, which is how I tend to be. Anyway, what do you do, if you don't mind me asking? And what would you call a `real doctor´? That courtesy-title, accorded to physicians or surgeons in the U K, is surely no more than an imposition on the courtesy of those who've succumbed to using it. A real doctor, in my understanding, is one who's qualified to teach in a university


Feb 17, 2013 7:16am

I'm an international cabaret performer (amongst other things) Mr. P.

And my understanding is you're a substitute English teacher (amongst other things) though I may be wrong. I often am.

In either case you're one of my favorite commentators around here (in your many guises). Flashes of real brilliance! (although sometimes you do read a bit unhinged).

You have me dead to rights about real doctors, btw.

It's my wiener who's the qualified surgeon.


Feb 17, 2013 7:35am

In all my guises, eh? Well, as far as I know, there's only one of me. But thanks for those compliments. However, I don't teach English or anything, though I used to be a regular contributor to the Word And Language Desk at the O E D. And are you really a cabaret performer? If so, are you a magician, musician, vocalist, acrobat, knife-thrower, dancer, comedian, &c. What exactly do you do? And if `international´, why should you be in California – why aren't you in Berlin or Turin? 


Feb 17, 2013 7:59am

I'm a composer/performer. Piano's my instrument and I also sing. I work with props, puppets and tell a few jokes now and again as well.

There was a big bru-ha-ha about it in the "DAF" last year (you know how people can be with their name-that-sock issues).

A regular contributor for the OED? I'm not surprised!

And I essentially agree with the tone of your thread. Armchair psychology seems to permeate everything these days.


Feb 17, 2013 8:29am

Well, being a musician is wonderful: I wish I could be. I've met a few though. I suppose the best was Bo Diddley. And what about you? You must have met some famous fellow-musicians. Did you ever come across Lincoln Mayorga?


Feb 17, 2013 8:48am

I have not (as far as I know). Just googled his 'multi track' version of Bernstein's America.

And sure, Mr. P. I've met all sorts of famous people.

I've even dropped trou behind Ronnie Spector (it was all on the up and up). She was shielding me backstage as I prepared to go on.

I enjoy serendipitous encounters with celebrity. Of course living in L.A. you can't swing a dead cat around without hitting one.

(not that I'd ever do such a thing)

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