Suggests that the mechanisms I propose might underlie Freudian repression. This is a little embarrassing to read now, because Freud himself had very elaborately described models of how repression worked and what the dynamics of the machinery might be, which I guess I was ignorant of.
Deplatforming is the social analog of Freudian repression. And while both of those might be necessary for civilization, they are imperfect, and the repressed will always try to find ways to reassert itself.
Deplatforming is the social analog of Freudian repression. And while both of these processes are necessary for civilization, they are imperfect, and the repressed will always try to find ways to reassert itself.
In the 1910s, Freud wrote a series of twelve essays, to be collected as Preliminaries to a Metapsychology. Five of these were published independently under the titles: "Instincts and Their Vicissitudes," "Repression," "The Unconscious," "A Metapsychological Supplement to the Theory of Dreams," and "Mourning and Melancholia." The remaining seven remained unpublished, an expression of Freud's ambivalence about his own attempts to articulate the whole of his vision of psychoanalysis. In 1919 he wrote to Lou Andreas-Salome, "Where is my Metapsychology? In the first place it remains unwritten".10 In 1920 he published Beyond the Pleasure Principle, a text with metaphysical ambitions.
A central concept of Freudian theory. I have this nagging suspicion that I don't really understand what it means or how it works, not at the proper level of depth.
Freud is not saying merely that there are some memories we hide from ourselves, he is saying that our entire mental apparatus is organized around avoiding certain kinds of forbidden thoughts. This process of avoidance is crucial to the very construction of the self – it's how we grow from infants (driven by naked primitive desires) to mature, somewhat rational adults.
The ego is the result of this process – a version of the self that we can live with because all the antisocial parts have been repressed. The ego is a machine that tries to placate the superego by keeping the id down.
Freud is not very popular these days among science-oriented types, but I think that is a mistake. All of his details may be wrong, but in the basics he addressed some of the fundamental problems of how a biological machine could produce the human mind. Minsky at least had a big debt to Freud, which he regularly acknowledged.