A totally unconnected set of links which caught my eye and gave food for thought, the first on transhumanism – enjoy! –
This discussion of consciousness is the part that drives the transhumanists bonkers because to be a member of their cult, you have to believe that there is no such thing as consciousness… or a soul… or free will. You have to believe that consciousness is an artifact of the brain itself — a kind of “ghost in the machine,” if you will, that somehow gives rise to the self-delusion of awareness http://www.naturalnews.com/040925_transhumanism_Ray_Kurzweil_cult.html
“ADHD is fraud intended to justify starting children on a life of drug addiction,” said Dr. Edward C. Hamlyn, a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, back in 1998 about the phony condition. Adding to this sentiment, psychiatrists Peter Breggin and Sami Timimi, both of whom oppose pathologizing the symptoms of ADHD, say that ADHD is more of a social construct than it is an objective “disorder.”
This is definitely true for Jacob Barnett, the 14-year-old autistic genius whose mother was told that her son would probably never read or write. Today, Jacob is already working on his Master’s Degree in quantum physics while most of his peers are still in junior high. He is also currently developing his own original theory in astrophysics, according to recent reports.
“The psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars a year to convince the public, legislators and the press that psychiatric disorders such as Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc. are medical diseases on par with verifiable medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease,” explains CCHRI. “Yet unlike real medical disease, there are no scientific tests to verify the medical existence of any psychiatric disorder.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040938_ADHD_fictitious_disease_psychiatry.html#ixzz2XGtp2q9z
While I would have to take issue with the final statement – not everything that can’t be proven by scientific tests does not exist, it just means scientists are not clever enough to devise the right tests – there is a lot to be said for reconsidering how we view ADHD, which did not exist back in the ’50’s and ’60’s when I first began in ‘people work’.
Another gem from Adoption Voices Magazine, a Holt Production – This is a fascinating peek into the open adoption process from adoptee’s point of view. It was written by a 16-year-old adoptee, and it is important to understand everyone’s point of view in this complex process
http://adoptionvoicesmagazine.com/my-second-mama/the-open-adoption-experiment-by-an-anonymous-16-year-old-adoptee Don’t know about you, but I’m heartily sick of reading about ‘fascinating peeks’ into the lives of adoptees! We are not exhibits, objects for examination and neither are the processes which have dictated our lives. I’m also sick of reading this sort of simplistic statement – Sharon Roszia, adoptive mother, social worker, author and an expert on open adoption, begins by saying that the most basic definition of open adoption simply involves everyone telling the truth. No-one is an expert on adoption of any kind! Each adoption is unique and it is time those who deal in adoption began to realise and acknowledge that. While I have always believed that the truth is paramount and that it would be a wonderful thing to find in adoption of any kind and for all of us. The lack of it is the dark heart of what is wrong with adoption as a practice, with the way in which adoption consultants, so-called experts, adoption ‘counselors’ and others go about the lucrative business of adoption. It is what is wrong with the way adopters and mothers view and carry out adoption. They cannot be made to tell the truth nor can we ever know if what we are told is the truth, even when they believe it is. So many lies bear out the fact that the truth is elusive, a slippery beast which is hard to find, hard to get hold off and as changeable as a chameleon. Nice try but showing little real understanding of reality!
Wayne Carp writes of his adventures with Jean Paton and the writing of his book on her life – It took me many years to read all of this material, organize it into a zillion categories, map out the book into chapters, and begin the writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In Jean Paton and the Struggle to Reform American Adoption, I quote liberally from Jean’s unpublished correspondence, writings, and oral interviews because they have never been heard before, and because I want to respect Jean’s exhortation that “Everyone except the adopted has been talking about adoption.” I believe it is important that her words be heard directly, not filtered or interpreted by a third person.
http://jeanpaton.com/about-e-wayne-carp It still seems that everyone is talking about adoption, but these days, at last, adoptees have found their voices. Being heard, believed and validated may be next!
Adopters who are black have adopted a white child and have concerns – The Ridings also worry about providing their daughter with a strong racial identity. Most of her friends are black, although her school is primarily white. Her mother is concerned that she is uncomfortable identifying people by their race. Her family does what it can by celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and buying Irish chotskies, like a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T shirt and a mug with her Irish family crest on it. And like most transracial adoptive parents, they wonder if it will be enough.
Way back in the ’70’s, when the adoption of children was taken very seriously in Britain, it was considered by any professional that the biggest No-No of all was to allow transracial adoption because it was thought not to be the best that could be provided. Racial identity and identity were always a priority and the effects of not honouring those aspects were considered to be very damaging and to be avoided at all costs. The difficulties of finding the right fit became more considerable and the rules had to be relaxed as it was considered that a child having a family was paramount and had to over-ride other considerations, however vital. It is not possible for white parents to teach black children how to deal with racism, something they do not experience and it is not possible for black or white parents to teach children who are white or black about racial identity, a vital part of our identity. Perhaps they can compensate if they live in a suitable neighbourhood, have plenty of friends and relatives who are the same race as the child but it will never be the same, never enough.
Enjoy your weekend, may it be restful, peaceful and restoring.