Joseph Dumit’s Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health

Excellent review of STS/anthropologist Joseph Dumit’s Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Duke University Press) by philosopher Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University).

Revisioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health

The concept of mental illness in the West is largely shaped by the DSM diagnostic model. The DSM categorization of psychiatric disorders has been useful in driving research, and psychiatric neuroscience has made enormous strides in identifying some of the brain-based factors that contribute to mental disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, as well as suggesting possible drug therapies. Continue reading

A Critical Neuroscience Look at “Experimental Entanglements”

I am vic­ar­i­ously enjoy­ing the fact that Angela Woods (@literarti), who did such a phe­nom­e­nal job tweet­ing and then stori­fy­ing our con­fer­ence (which Lance Gravlee updated), is en route to “Exper­i­men­tal Entan­gle­ments in Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science” meet­ing in Berlin (25–26 Oct 2012/ #EECN / About Abstracts (with a pre­vi­ous 10/3 entry of use­ful references). This work­shop will address some of the tacit assump­tions (as well as researcher-experimental sub­ject inter­ac­tions) of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science that our con­fer­ence periph­er­ally cov­ered in the open­ing ses­sion and in some of the talks.