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Critical Thinking Required

Brain Science Evolves Beyond Appearances
It’s A Process, Not An Event

What we observe is not nature itself,
but nature exposed to our method of questioning.
~ Werner Heisenberg

The new word for your diagnostic and treatment vocabulary is ‘function.’ The old concept that works only marginally and over time unpredictably is ‘label.’ Behavioral appearances are just that: they represent appearances, not precise, measurable biomedical challenges.

This page assembles experienced Core Critical Thinkers with the foresight to explain how new mind-science can find improved applications. While similar to Galileo in using technology with advanced perceptions to draw new maps through undiscovered territories, Core Critical Thinkers lead us away from the current dogma of homogenized, categorical psychiatric labels and cognitive bias.

If you are human, then you are susceptible to cognitive bias.
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Why: Science comes closer to Reality. Dreams and appearances arise closer to Beliefs. Download this PDF that explains the imperative of  Why, How, and What-To-Do now:

Core answers require vision – transcendent, inclusive thinking to appreciate a more complete, a humanized and an ultimately customized biomedical awareness.

At the bottom of this page see a Video on Applied Critical Thinking regarding ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment. There I connect Galileo and others in a webinar that addresses how Critical Thinking contributes to our mind evolution with Executive Function Challenges.

Time, Dynamic Change, and Reality all matter more than ever. Own your reality. Think critically about systems beyond labels.


Own Your Why

First take a moment to identify the several extant problems in daily psychiatric practice.

Rethink and identify any dogma/mindset/cognitive biases that create unpredictable outcomes. Note well that the current standard of care is porous at best, too often overlooks diagnostically valuable, elemental brain science – and in everyday practice is far too often characterized by a process that appears, even to the casual observer, flamboyantly mercurial. Both public and professionals observe these puzzling conundrums everyday. This is not a heretical, remarkably unorthodox or incontestable observation – but is made, without trivializing the seriousness of the problems, just as clearly as “it’s raining hard, you should take an umbrella.”

Facts are not condemnations, but stand alone, just as a rainstorm on a summer day.

Old maps aren’t bad; they’re merely insufficient. A parasol is not a game umbrella. If you’ve experienced insufficient, inadequate mind care this is your opportunity to listen directly to expert opinions as they address the same predictable frustrations.

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.
James Carse

Mind science evolves as inclusive, beyond finite/territorial polarities, in the new realities of identified brain and biomedical functional imbalances. Traditional views that coalesce around the limited views that only meds or only supplements are the answer often miss the dramatically obvious and measurable contributions of the infinite fusion challenges regarding how the body effects the mind. If you’re lost on that last fusion note take into consideration the emotional and cognitive process of hormonally dysregulated PMS.

Let’s understand these new maps, own them, use them over time, and stay updated to evolve the process – to continue the play in the face of changing weather patterns.


NB: Today’s Crossroads: Categorical Systems vs. 1. Thinking or Data-Driven Systems 2. Critical Thinking regarding those new data points.

Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach,
but is unlikely to produce the first motor car.
Edward de Bono

Critical Thinking: CorePsych Article From 2011  Words are representations, not reality.
Different Thinking Patters: Systems 1 & 2 at CBJ/124 – Dr. Tsipursky on Time and Complexity

Take a moment to see how disciplined, and creative thinking will encourage the likelihood of improved care for those afflicted with mind challenges. Solutions for these complex issues cannot find answers in added polemics – such as ‘biology vs. psychology,’ or ‘feelings/affect vs. thinking/cognition.’ The next challenge introduces neuroscience discoveries, immunity, brain imaging, molecular biology, measurable biological data will add to the useful understanding applied for decades. These Core Guides provide a vision for thinking about next essential steps in data awareness.

As de Bono reports in his brief video below, we’re now at a point of “Ebne” – Excellent but not enough. We’re quite good now at the static “What is” – but daily find a deficit in DSM 5 evolution with “What can be.”

The current mind-identification labels coding is dehumanizing, imprecise, and, in the light of modern neuroscience discoveries, antiscientific. Let’s move that complexity needle forward to improve outcomes. Critical Thinking will help all of us in mental health look a lot more like we know what we’re doing.

Beware of  Medical/Economic Disincentives To Learn: Managed care will argue into the next millennia for this extant imprecision and label making – it’s how they think they can make more money. Their objective is money first, wellness second. However, because they don’t look at possible medical reality, they create costly perpetuations of inadequate, unmanaged, imprecise care. They fight daily about informed testing, and take the imperious position that investigation is too expensive. It costs them more to remain in denial, but they categorically deny new tools. Why? To overcome denial, it will cost them money.

You may well find yourself at a time in life where you must take extreme ownership of your health.

Unlike in school, in life, you don’t have to come up with all the right answers. You can ask the people around you for help — or even ask them to do the things you don’t do well. In other words, there is almost no reason not to succeed if you take the attitude of 1) total flexibility — good answers can come from anyone or anywhere (and in fact, as I have mentioned, there are far more good answers “out there” than there are in you) and 2) total accountability: regardless of where the good answers come from, it’s your job to find them.
~ Ray Dalio

Critical Thinkers


Galileo Galilei | 1564 – 1642

It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.
– Galileo

Called the Father of Modern Science, believed in evidence and measurement, and with the telescope understood how the Observation of Reality and Change – how perceptions change dogma.

CoreBrain Journal: Consider this our Galileo Moment in Psychiatry
The Galileo Affair ~ 1640: Wikipedia on Greek astronomer Aristarchus and, following that, biblical cosmology and geocentrism which agreed with a literal interpretation of the Scriptures in several places.


Alfred Korzybski | 1879-1950

Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.
– Alfred Korzybski

Addresses how process and time, constitutional change, remains denied or overlooked even in science. His contribution: Aristotelian thinking, engaged with labels, creates developmental arrest. The evolution of science exists in a dynamic Reality, beyond labels. Science and Sanity changed my life as a young medical intern in Grand Rapids, MI – back in ’68-’69.

Korzybski Books:
Deep And Remarkable: Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics – 1948 – Global Amazon Link – My favorite from 1969
Highly Recommended Summary: Selections from Science and Sanity: Second Edition – 2010 – Global Amazon Link
Korzybski Video on Abstractions: Reality and Illusion


Edward de Bono | 1933 –

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
– Edward de Bono

Nobel Prize nominee, an internationally recognized leader and author of many fascinating books on creativity, logic, critical thinking and self-management. See his brief video below on how we find ourselves caught in thought processes that live on since identified by the Greek philosophers, and unwittingly attempt to keep out scientific evolution. I loved working with Edward one very memorable day in Dallas about ’93 as his guest consultant at Electronic Data Systems . Edward is a life-changer with proactive solutions and common sense perspectives.

> Videos: de Bono Page Here At CoreBrain Journal:
> de Bono Books – 2 of 27:
I Am Right, and You Are Wrong: On Water Logic – 1991
Six Thinking Hats – 1999 Highly recommended for managers at every level.
> Essential: de Bono Video On Change: Perception, Dogma, and Logic – Rethinking the Future


Robert Sapolsky | 1957 –

There is no reason to be less moved by nature around us simply because it’s revealed to have more layers of complexity than we first observed.
– Robert Sapolsky

Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist, a professor at Stanford in Biology, Neuroscience, and Neurosurgery, with lectures linked below on the evolution of neurobiology, the inhibitory relevance of reductionistic thinking as applied to neuroscience, and the relationship between chaos and reductionistic thinking. He contributes immensely to this critical thinking group, and his lectures, available on Audible, YouTube, and at Amazon on these matters are linked below. He stands with the rest of these critical thinkers on the subject of dogma and neuroscientific evolution. Critical thinking addresses complexity.

Video – On Chaos and Reductionism Link 
Video – TED: The Uniqueness of Humans
He Also Recommends Chaos: Making a New Science,by James Gleick, another interesting perspective – how minuscule things can make a remarkable difference. I agree, and strongly recommend: See this Gleick Video on Chaos and Science: Link
Sapolsky Books, this, one of several:
The Trouble With Testosterone


Neil deGrasse Tyson | 1958 –

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tyson is an astrophysicist and thought leader on relevant science findings applied to everyday life. His remarks on Critical Thinking apply to psychiatric labels as well as global warming. Listen his provocative interview with London Real – indeed a mentor to appreciate. Dr. Tyson is a “Brooklyn boy” with a big heart and a remarkably universal perspective.

Video – Tyson Post at CorePsych: Link – Discusses Cosmos & Understanding Reality
Video – Tyson on Epigenetics: YouTube Link
Masterclass: Tyson on Scientific Thinking – Cognitive Bias and Objective Truth
Tyson Books:
The Sky Is Not The Limit
Cosmology, Buddhist Thought, and Change


Tomas Insel | 1951 –

One size doesn’t fit all. The real question is, how do we predict who’s going to respond? And how do we begin to individualize treatments, so they can ultimately be tailored to the person?
Thomas Insel

As past Director of the National Institute of Mental Health Insel fully appreciates how limited we are in diagnostic and psychiatric treatment strategies through using only outdated thinking. NIMH recently discarded the useful but inadequate DSM-5 diagnostic manual as the code for fundamental research at NIMH. What a personable and thoughtful guy – he stood up years ago for the value of SPECT imaging while others looked aside and didn’t understand.

CorePsych Post On Insel: DSM-5 Needs Revision
Relevant Insel Articles:
Brief: DSM-5 And The Biology of Psychiatry
Huffington Post: Brain Awareness
Dramatic Insel Video: Ted Talk at Cal Tech: Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness


Allen Frances | 1942 –

DSM-5 has neither been able to self correct nor willing to heed the advice of outsiders.
~Allen Frances

Past Chair of Duke Dept of Psychiatry and Chair of DSM-IV Diagnostic Group – an outspoken national authority on the inadequacy of DSM-5. Allen steps up to the plate in an admirable, balanced way. “Let’s keep our perspective and not throw the baby out with the bathwater. If the label is helpful, – why not use it in that useful capacity? However, if current labels fall short, miss evidenced-based biomedical functions, one should move forward to seek more details.”

Frances Book:
Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life – 2013
Relevant Articles:
Huffington Post: DSM 5 Is A Guide Not a Bible
Huffington Post: The Role Of Biological Testing – Balanced Review & Commentary
Frances Video: The Risks Of DSM 5


William J. Walsh | 1942 –

The challenge is to carefully identify the specific nutrient overloads and deficiencies possessed by an individual, and to provide treatments that normalize blood and brain levels of these chemicals with rifle shot precision. This is the essence of biochemical therapy.
~ William Walsh

Dr. Walsh’s noted accomplishments include: (a) groundbreaking studies reporting reduced violent behavior following nutrient therapy, (b) the 1999 discovery of under-methylation and copper/zinc imbalances in autism, (c) the 2000 finding of metallothionein protein depletion in autism, (d) the 2007 published study linking copper overload and post-partum depression, (e) the identification of five biochemical subtypes of clinical depression, (f) the 2011 development of the Walsh Theory of Schizophrenia, and (g) the direction of the Beethoven Research Project that revealed that the composer suffered from severe lead poisoning – and the relationship of trace elements to enzyme balance in brain function.

I strongly recommend Walsh and his Biomedical Nutrients Course for Medical Professionals as he is a thought leader that takes brain evidence to a molecular level in an affordable, interesting and utilitarian way for global application.

Walsh Landmark Book – Revised & Highly Recommended:
Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain
Walsh/CorePsych Biomedical Testing
– Walsh Resource Page – Posts and Videos @ CorePsych:
Walsh Bio: Here
Walsh Non-Profit Training Institute for Medical Professionals
Walsh Video: Short Sample Video on Copper Excess and Brain Function
> I Interviewed Walsh Here At CoreBrain Journal For 4 Special Reports:

Walsh’s YouTube:  Video Channel:
Video Explaining The Role of Methylation and Epigenetics in Brain Disorders – 2 hr 17 min


Video: Critical Thinking, Anxiety & “ADHD” Labels


See This Exemplary Book on Cognition By Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize Economics: Thinking Fast And Slow


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No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
~ Robin Williams




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Dr. Charles Parker



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