Towers dropped from Ball

One Day. Back to gym. CBC’s “Best of Ideas” podcast. Episode about “Single Personality Disorder” and the DSM.

Almost immediate failure of credibility.

The talking head – a psychiatrist? – who built the program and interacted with the host, blew her credibility early on by using Galileo Galilei’s house arrest as an example. Not that it may not be such but she claimed the reason for the house arrest was Galileo espousing a “NEW” idea. 

Emphasis on the NEW part.

And it is generally accepted these days to be absolutely inaccurate. 

The story is also pretty involved. As any emergence of human society has to be. And historians fail knowing they will, perhaps the only discipline other than scientists who know so ab initio.

A reasonable starting point is Bruno. The guy who was excommunicated and then burned to death by the Church of Rome. In those days this was variously seen as right and proper or horribly cruel. In actuality it is how organizations naturally behave if there are no controls on them.

And the Church of Rome had few controls on it in those days. And not many in these.

And Bruno said things the church didn’t want said. And he alienated all the other organizations that could protect him – governments and religionist organizations alike.

So he got cooked for disobeying.

Similarly for Galileo. Except that by this time the church had gotten a bit more careful. Mainly because the other organizations had gotten a bit more powerful.

So they charged him with saying things he wasn’t authorized to say. 

Not that what he said was wrong, mind you, but that he didn’t have permission to say them. 

And they locked him up for that.

And we still have this today. Edward Snowden, e.g.

But his incarceration – Galileo’s – wasn’t for what he said but that he said without permission.