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All that can be judged must be given in experience. Theory without sensation is empty.


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These days I’ve been wondering: if light cannot be a part of the universe we live in, how can we see it so easily?


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There is one thought that is often a harbinger of disaster in therapy: “This patient is too fragile for therapy.” Many variations are expressed: “too much resistance,” “too fixated,” “too much unconscious hostility,” “too manipulative,” “no motivation,” etc. I find it interesting that I can remember only 1 or 2 patients about whom I’ve had that thought, but countless colleagues and professional peers about whom I’ve had that thought. As if we reserve our special words only for the “other,” and never for ourselves.


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Oughts, being derived from is’s, are just as contingent as any is that is or may be. It seems to me.


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It seems to me that many modern psychologists (Freud, Beck, Chomsky, Hayes) have done what Descartes did: they have started looking for causal powers in something that is manifest to humans and not to animals. These authors have also, like Kant, renamed the name of the given and transferred its home to the mind, to the social order, to language, to cognition, etc. They want you to believe they have climbed a new mountain, returned with a new in-sight, or dis-covered a new rule. But a relational frame is no more interesting, as a cause, than the id, original sin or a dream visited demon. All are events given in experience, none more or less real than my computer or the hills outside my window.


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