richard falvey

richard falvey

Worked abroad in education for 20 odd years, mostly for a large international charity. Now care for my parents and am an activisit in Community based Red-Green politics

Location Beeston, Nottingham, UK

Activity

  • @AngelaHarwood - thanks for trying :)

  • @SusanCleland :) and I've been laying off the sauce recently .....

  • Lots of people experience the high of morphine / heroine in hospital, few of them go on to become addicts - surely there must be more to addiction than "the SEEKING desire to experience the high that was initially felt when the drug/ substance was first taken." - otherwise hospitals would be an akin to addict producing factories, wouldn't they?

  • Deleuze and Guattari famously said that schizophrenia was a rational response to an irrational world. While I'm sure that comment was more metaphor than science, there doesn't seem to be any question of changing the world in your approach, it's all about accomodating yourself to it. Maybe it's just that societies are sick and making their people ill?...

  • @AngelaHarwood Thisn is the paper - would be interested in a downloadable link if anyone can source it? I don't have an institutional log in
    https://www.academia.edu/40383888/Identity_Subjectivity_and_Disorders_of_Self_in_Psychosis

  • There's always plenty going on in the world worthy of a rage response! In fact it's almost as if the system we've adopted promotes it.....

  • Is there any research to suggest that Lithium, used as a treatment for Bipolar Affective Disorder, can have the unintended consequence of dulling the Seeking instinct?

  • @StephenNewton Seems to me the problem is capitalism, which is based on creation of endless 'wanting' with little accompanying 'liking', and no concept of enough (endless growth). Get rid of capitalism rather than playing around like this for a 'cure':

    "Encouragingly, some recent findings from animal studies have suggested it may be possible to rather...

  • It's fast, fearful and furious. Like a fighter pilot constantly scanning the cockpit for threats unseen, unknown and uncontrollable. When a 'pleasure' opportunity arises, we tend to take them, whether they satisfy a real need or not, often as part of fear of losing out (FOLO) or to distract from fear.

  • @ElizabethReid That's ok Elizabeth, no offence taken.

  • I have 2 problems with Mark's arguments, and both 'challenges' apply equally to Subjectivity and Consciousness as described so far. In my opinion Mark fails to really address these problems in Response C and also elsewhere in a response on Buddhism. But I'll hold fire for now and see whether these issues are repeated in relation to intentionality and agency...

  • Mark says: ".....the Freudian unconscious – the repressed – comes about. These are premature, illegitimately automatised solutions to life's problems which we can't solve." This sounds to me like the source of 'scripts' in Transactional Analysis - would that be a correct assumption?

  • @MiskAlJahwari Humans coded AI, but the humans that coded AI were themselves coded by Humans. So AI and Humans are both coded by humans - what's the difference? Re Being 'alive' we function through chemical reactions and electricity - is there a real difference for a computer?

  • @AnnettePayling yes, but men get their bacteria from their mothers? BTW it's not an argument I'm proposing, it's just another perspective. I'm not at all religious or even spiritual by the standards of many of my friends. In fact I get worried when I exhit what I think of as Religious thinking for example I worry that my belief in Human Rights could be...

  • Was it Skinnerian practicioners who did Rats on Crack (or heroine, but Crack scan better), who went on to extrapolate that rats (and by proxy humans) got addicted fast to heroine because of its addictive qualities, but forgot to take into account the fact that the rats (who are overtly social) were in prison conditions, in 24/7 isolation? I've never understood...

  • @StephenNewton Can you expand on why you "believe the mind is separate from the brain, even though it physically exists in the brain."

    If mind can exist outside the brain (though finds it convenient to sit within the brain for those entites that have them) then why limit mind to entities with brains? I don't think trees have brains? But they (apparently)...

  • @AnnettePayling further the gut regulates serotonin production which is significant in regulating synapse activity - the gut is run by bacteria - we are more made up of bacteria than anything else. Are we simply a host for bacteria colonies that give us a sense of mind (drives, instincts and all) so that we carry on procreating. Bacteria (microbioeme) are even...

  • @AngelaHarwood Thanks, they did help clarify, but I still have pronblems with Subjectivity as argued by Mark. My objection has nothing to do with Behaviourism - they have much to answer for and little to offer in my book. The worst of the quantitative empiricists, driven to try harder to be 'more objective' than the hard sciences becase they were new kids on...

  • Was he the lumberjack who couldn't fell a tree without an audience?

  • I'm not sure I've seen any evidenced argument or proof for the existence of Subjectivity, all we've seen is the assertion that we have it because it feels like we have it. The existence of the nodule (forget the name - heard it in a Mark S video recored in Haifa I think) that seems to be the site of consciousness in our lizard brains only prooves we have an...

  • Have you not been watching the news? Everyone seems to have a contrary perception of reality - there is no consensus :)

  • Blue and Black and a score of 2 - my connection with reality is strong, obvs ;)

  • posted in wrong place

  • Hi Clive, I saw you thought the absence of Skinner from the reading list was an error, but I couldn't find any previous comment re Argument from Analogy - could you repost here, or post a link to a succinct summary of that argument.

  • I could probably be described as a hard core determinist, which often leaves me thinking about life in terms of "Why bother?" - but that's a fairly fruitless journey, and as I'm also a scientific materialist motivated by a belief in and desire to create a better world through cooperation, getting a handle on mine and other minds seems important. I'm interested...

  • Life determines consciousness not counsciousness life - to mis-quote Karl

  • Seems to me Subjectivity has been asserted rather than evidenced. ANd if subjectivity isn't, neither are the other 3. It seems the whole construct is there to 'explain' an a priori assumption i.e. that we are bounded individuals with a sense of self - but Lacan would argue (as I understand it woithpout having read any Lacan) that we only come to see purselves...

  • I think I'm drawn to panpsychism and /or simultaneously the idea that the subjectivity that humans 'experience' is illusory / a mere product of our situated biology / genes / perceptual apparatus (/ genes/nature/nurture). Coupled to this I wonder if subjectivity is both relatively modern and weirdly and warpedly Western and a product of Descartes separation of...

  • Thanks - that must be hard, especially as most of us are not great at tolerating ambiguity.

  • The mind "is just a very complicated information-processing device" ... is an analogy that has been used time and time again. Hopefully, you'll this course course will change the way you see the mind :)" @AngelaHarwood Is that your *intention*? ;)

  • Hi Harpreet - what is GAD?

  • @BarbaraK-S long may that remain possible - although the well worn strategy of Defund, Distress, Privatise seems to be in full swing. In my role as a patient/carer voice and activist I see a lot of distress in the NHS and associated systems, including 'moral distress' where employees find themselves having to implement systems that they know are substandard...

  • @BarbaraK-S You're right Barbara, it isn't ALL about Big Pharma, and there is some research that isn't profit driven and some can be - especially for late career professionals with a track record of delivering - interest / curiosity led. However this: "All done in spare time between our usual work load for no extra pay and with no extra funding." speaks...

  • @AlexJohnstone(LeadEducator) Thanks for that interesting. I need to find time to rewatch it and comment more fully, but may lose access to the course before I find time - so tyhis is a placeholder comment:

    I don't think Yeo endorses the argument that this course seems to be taking or that you've really addressed the CIM challenge to the EBM model....

  • @BarbaraK-S Perhaps initially blue sky "but as early as 1999 the University of Cambridge had found that giving leptin to obese people in general did not help." Therein ended the interest of drug companies as no big market. With the neoliberalisation of education the scope and funding for blue skies research has diminuished in equal proportion to the increaase...

  • @BarbaraK-S yes, of course - but this discovery probably didn't come about because of a blue sky research and a desire to address this specific issue of these rare individuals - it came about because Big Pharma saw potential for marketisation of a discovery and a potential mega profit and becuase society expects simple solutions in accessible forms viz 'a...

  • @BarbaraK-S I thought you posted a Canadian Food Chart - might have been someone else?

  • @SeanWilliamson This may possibly be true: "The Energy Balance Model has a proven track record and people will lose weight through it if they have the willpower to stick to a calorie controlled diet and exercise regularly."

    But if it only works for the handful of people, with willpower and access to healthy food products and a lifestyle / resurces that...

  • @BarbaraK-S @SeanWilliamson The UK largely deindustrialised in the 80's and claimed to be transitioning to and winning the Knowledge and Service economies. We also imported Eastern Europeans to do farm work, then kicked them all put and left our crops to rot, as well as not having any HGV drivers as we kicked them all out as well. But even heavy industry these...

  • My baseline is: Gentle walking 3-6km a day, 10 mins mindful standing yoga a day, 30 mins meditation a day. Am pretty good at achieving this with the occaisional noncompliance. Looking to increase all of those and add in a couple of HIIT sessions a week.

  • I've def seen 7 a day 'officially' recommended - but not sure where?