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"Transgender" is a Mental Disorder

The government and media alliance advancing the transgender cause has gone into overdrive in recent weeks. On May 30, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board ruled that Medicare can pay for the "reassignment" surgery sought by the transgendered—those who say that they don't…

Thoughts on finishing reading "On Becoming a Person", by Carl Rogers

I finished reading "On Becoming a Person" (obap), taking the time to read it carefully. Remarkably clear thinking in almost all of it. There is helpful stuff in there. I like the point that values can be scientifically evaluated, but only by choosing another value, that has to chosen…

Top-down and bottom-up processing

A couple of Scott Alexander's latest posts (and some of his earlier ones) relate to the balance between how much you rely on incoming sensory information versus priors, or bottom-up versus top-down processing. (This is not as simplistic as saying "some people won't change their…

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