Thank you for this excellent review, Dr. Haltigan! It is very gratifying to finally have someone with a background in your fields taking an interest in Lobaczewski's work.
"Andrew Lobaczewski leaves considerable gaps in the relevant literature review supporting his own clinical observations. Moreover, quantitative estimates of the various psychopathology types he introduces and describes are left unsupported by any empirical research."
Do you have a sense of how to flesh this stuff out? It seems like you largely agree with his narrative, have adopted his terms, and so on. Are these shortcomings you see relevant outside The Science(tm)? Namely, what further research is needed to help inform solving the problem of psycopaths ruining everything for the rest of us?
I believe I understand the reason for his caution about fundamentals religious movements. It would be interesting to know how he defines “fundamentals”. I also might note that my observation during the COVID crisis was that the more conservative or fundamentalist religious groups were the ones who resisted, not those groups with a more intellectual approach to their expression of faith.
I do not remember watching the show. It does raise an interesting point. We live in a time when people seem increasingly open to the idea that there is extraterrestrial life. Yet, less open to the idea of a creator and active evil . Can all the evil we experience on planet earth be explained by humanity’s imperfections, including psychopathology or is there more to the story?
Anyway I enjoyed the book review. Thank you.
The temptation is to use this approach to pathologise one's political opponents, as the reviewer has done here around gender politics and their own anti-woke agenda.
From a theological point of view there is a very thin line between psychopathology and evil. Where does one end and the other begin. What if there is a real evil that influence the affairs of human kind? How would that change the equation?