[ExI] Reinforcing our Prejudices
rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sat Apr 19 00:53:12 UTC 2008
On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 9:07 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 18/04/2008, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at rawbw.com> wrote:
> > Perhaps reinforcing the researchers' own biases? At least
> > things along the lines of counting the political opposition
> > as retarded or mentally ill are less prevalent today. A huge
> > number of psychiatrists in the 1960s were willing to affirm
> > that Barry Goldwater was mentally ill for spouting his
> > "nonsense".
> Mental illness is not a social construct any more than hepatitis or
> renal failure is a social construct.
### Aside from schizophrenia, bipolar and a couple others, there is a
whole huge gray area, somewhere between barking mad and re-born Xian,
that is very much subject to a lot of social construction of ever new
nosological entities. Is "oppositional personality disorder" a mental
illness or just bad manners? Reasonable people could differ here.
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