Posted by Noa on February 19, 2000, at 9:33:16
In reply to Re: Freud, Buddha and their co-relevance, posted by dj on February 19, 2000, at 1:41:30
I think it is important to keep chronological context in mind. There are many thinkers who, by today's standards, might seem like "quacks". But they did contribute to the development of thought about their fields. Anyone who adheres to Freud's ideas dogmatically, obviously is ignoring all that has been learned in the meantime. But there are ideas we have learned from Freud, that have led to new ideas, etc, and that makes his work valuable for what it is.
As for the suggestion that there is no use for psychology in an age of pharmocology, well I have to disagree strongly. Although neurotransmitters clearly are essential to treating our disorders, you cannot separate what is purely chemical from what we experience with our thoughts and our interactions with others. And the influence travels in both directions.