Monthly Archives: December 2012

“The Origins of Totalitarianism “

“Plato, in his famous fight against the ancient Sophists, discovered that their “universal art of enchanting the mind by arguments” (Phaedrus 261) had nothing to do with truth but aimed at opinions which by their very nature are changing, and … Continue reading

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Protea-Website

“Alexandra Stein explores the social psychology of totalitarianism, cults and other dangerous relationships. And looks at the alternative: democracy, diversity and resilience in the human community.” http://blog.lib.umn.edu/stei0301/protea/

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“Theories of totalism and the protean self”

Robert Jay Lifton “Totalism, a word first used in Thought Reform, is Lifton’s term for the characteristics of ideological movements and organizations that desire total control over human behavior and thought. (Lifton’s usage differs from theories of totalitarianism in that … Continue reading

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R.E.M.-King of Comedy

http://www.amazon.com/King-Of-Comedy-Album-Version/dp/B0015C1WHW http://www.songlyrics.com/r-e-m/king-of-comedy-lyrics/

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“The Dispensing of Existence”

“The totalist environment draws a sharp line between those whose right to existence can be recognized, and those who possess no such right. Are not men presumtuous to appoint themselves the dispensers of human existence? Surely this is a flagrant … Continue reading

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“Antidepressants to treat grief? Psychiatry panelists with ties to drug industry say yes”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/antidepressants-to-treat-grief-psychiatry-panelists-with-ties-to-drug-industry-say-yes/2012/12/26/ca09cde6-3d60-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html Gestalt science fact from our DSM5 task force: “It would seem our principal investigators have failed to detect this rich,brown and fertile substance you have mentioned. We simply feel a pressure and then no pressure…ahim..*mooo*…*plop*” there is no evidence … Continue reading

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Bloom Energy Server

“he Bloom Energy Server (commonly referred to as the Bloom Box) is a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) made by Bloom Energy, of Sunnyvale, California, that can use a wide variety of inputs (including liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons[1] produced from … Continue reading

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