In the December 2007 issue of Review of General Psychology, Harvard psychologist Richard J. McNally disputes a claim by Simon Boag (2006) of Macquarie U. (Australia) that Sigmund Freud’s theory of repression is routinely misrepresented in modern textbooks and even research articles. Boag argued that most writers falsely describe repression as being the motivated forgetting of memories of trauma (typically, of childhood sexual abuse). Instead, Boag noted, Freud invoked repression to explain the forgetting of unacceptable impulses and desires. Boag went on to suggest that this repeated error constitutes a form a “pathological science”; precisely the kind of “resistance to psychoanalysis… [that] Freud predicted would occur.” Continue reading Debates About Freud & Repression
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Dealing With Plagiarism
The January 7 issue of Inside Higher Ed has a report on a session at the recent meeting of the American Historical Association on how plagiarism is (not) being handled by history journals. Perhaps surprisingly, history journals typically have no set policies on how to handle plagiarism when it is discovered. According to the article: Continue reading Dealing With Plagiarism
Ken Burns on “doing history” with Jon Stewart
Ken Burns was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, promoting his new history of World War II: The War, currently airing on PBS. [See the interview, after a short ad, here.]
By digging through the archives, over a period of six years, Burns found footage that had never been seen before. And it had been shot in colour.
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