The following debate originally took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artworkbeing shared by the page, “NaturalNews.com“…
“Over-medicated and under-educated is exactly how they want us.”
Murilo M.: Well, I know that to the uninformed it may seem creepy the idea that lots of people, including children, take medication, but if you take your time to study neurology and psychiatry you will understand the reasons behind it. There are good reasons why lots of people are medicated. The only problem is that unfortunately some people are misdiagnosed and end up taking the wrong medication.
Murilo M.: Mental problems are more common than people think, and medication can be of great help. I say that because I know how much the substance Mirtazapine has helped me, it has made magic. And also because I know people with ADHD and I know how much Ritalin has helped them.
Rayn: The artwork says “overmedicated,” and you appear to have formulated your very own personal definition of what that means to you. You’re arguing against a straw-man you created, and simultaneously calling your imagined opponent “uninformed.” Quite amusing, actually.
Murilo M.: My entire point was to criticize people who believe ADHD is a myth and medicating children with Ritalin is wrong. The same applies to people who think depression is just sadness and anti-depressants are dangerous.
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Natalie M…
Natalie M.: He is really starting to get on my nerves! Telling the black Americans to vote while he is aggressively trying to pass trans-Pacific partnership trade agreement (TPP) during the lame duck. Tpp screws over the American people and gives more power to corporations.
I tend to disagree with the view that violence is on the decline, because state-sponsored violence is on the rise, and slavery is at an all-time HIGH. Don’t get me wrong, though: while I can support his notion of “the better angels of our nature,” I still find Steven Pinker’s conclusions about violence trends questionable. In summary, his evidence is circumstantial, there are large gaps in his data, and he vastly oversimplifies the social, political and technological dynamics at work throughout human history in order to reach his hypothesis.