Let science always have open gates to the subjective

British Psychiatry still teaches young doctors to divide the subjective from the objective. I am of the view that this is not just unrealistic but that it is harmful to the science of well-being.

I dedicate this film to all those who have had any form of mental health treatment, whether it has been helpful, unhelpful or somewhere in between.

I have been dismayed at some of the language used on both sides of this “divide” following the publication of the Lancet meta-analysis on antidepressants.

Please let us respect all experience and let science always have open gates to the subjective. This applies equally to professors, academics, scientists, and thought leaders  – because the subjective involves  us all.

My short film, Lecture in Progress, features the voice of Mark Lythgoe a British neurophysiologist, and the founder and director of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging at University College London, where he is professor of biomedical imaging.

Lecture in Progress:

To play this short film please click here or on the image above

Music credit:
‘What if this is all the love you ever get?’ by Snow Patrol

One Reply to “Let science always have open gates to the subjective”

  1. Great piece again Peter…I am making this short as my previous comment failed.

    I agree that ‘scientific objectivity’ can shut out the subjective, but am not sure this means we need to let go of the subjective/objective divide. More on this soon!

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