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Explaining memory wars

The debate about "recovered memory" and sexual abuse of children has been too concerned with Freudian methodology. We should try to discover what is actually happening

Revelations about Freud are flowing fast. In a biography by Paul Ferris, to be published in September, we will learn that Freud was a cocaine fiend, who was transformed into a “big wild man” by the drug and became obsessed with it for at least 40 years. To those familiar with the subject this will come as no surprise; Freud-bashing has been gaining momentum for at least a decade. A series of books, including those by Frederick Crews, Allen Esterson, EM Thornton and Richard Webster, have questioned Freud’s methodology, his ethics and his claims to scientific validity. Moreover, Freud stands…

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