I got my first negative review yesterday on my book If I Can See. The reader makes some pretty good points. Here it is:
Any number of these claims can be fact-checked and easily critiqued within minutes. Many (read: most) are just out right false. Buuuuut I’m guessing most everyone looking at these reviews already knows that. I think you should re-release it as a parody book meant to warn of the dangers of correlational research. Market it to burnt out folks in academia and maybe you could make more than 3 bucks off it. 🙂 Good luck on whatever journey it is that you are on.
To whom it may concern,
First off, thank you for reading my book. I tried to address this in the book introduction: the scientific model can’t create athletes, cure ADHD, dyslexia, PTSD, Autism, Tourette’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or basically anything else that has to do with the nature of the mind. We can’t explain why some people run the 100-meters so fast, or why some great athletes miss so many free throws. We can’t explain home field advantage, or why we sneeze, cry, or yawn. And psychiatry admits that they do not know what they are doing.
And while I don’t have all the answers, what I do have is a fresh new perspective. I’m not tethered to a model that clearly has so many gaps. I’m just looking for truth.