Psychologist and science historian Frank Sulloway is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s known for his groundbreaking book ”Freud, Biologist of the Mind” published in 1979. In this interview, Frank reflects on how Freud was perceived in the 1970s and highlights the flaws in Freud’s theories, particularly the influence of outdated 19th-century biological ideas such as the conservation of energy and the biogenetic law.
This interview explores questions such as: How has Frank’s perception of Freud evolved over time? Is psychoanalysis a pseudo-science? When it comes to scientific rigor, how does Freud’s work compare to that of other renowned scientists of his time, such as Charles Darwin? What insights did the new information about Freud’s case histories in the 1980s provide regarding the flaws in his scientific approach and methodology?
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