Author Archives: Suraj Sood

About Suraj Sood

I'm a Ph.D. student concentrating on "prefiguring" our relation with the environment, focusing on global climate change as a case problem. More about me can be gleaned from my other social media profiles.

My review of Pokémon Sword

Where to begin? This was a game full of drama, battle-highs, and just classic Pokémon. This post summarizes my post-completion thoughts and feelings.

Eternatus: a Rayquaza-Naganadel hybrid (in terms of typing and appearance), but red. This is the first time players have caught the third member from the main legendary trio, prior to getting through the title legend. Battling Eternatus looked like a Golden Sun final boss battle…

Speaking of Poké-firsts and title legends, this is the first time we got to battle and catch them post-game.

The open-world graphics were fantastic! The Wild Area is a real treat. Third-stage evolutions in the wild is rad (though, not entirely new for Pokémon GO players).

Just to make this post more personal, my final team consisted of Cinderace (so cool), Drednaw, Eldegoss, Boltund, Orbeetle, and Corviknight. Though I found myself curious about and intersted in other Pokémon – primarily, newer ones including formes – I stuck with this team for the game’s duration.

I caught a Timid Eternatus and Lonely Zacian on my first and only capture attempts. Not bad!

Hop was a natural step forward from Hau (Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon). Like Simon, he’s just a bit too…nice? I never cared for Oak’s line in Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, which went that Simon was maybe too nice to win. Hop has even more spirit than past rivals, and he’s the first of ours to get his own main legendary!

I enjoyed the plot. Team Yell was the nicest team we’ve had in a core series Pokémon game, to date. Marnie was a nice upgrade from Lillie in terms of competitiveness. Macro Cosmos felt a bit underdeveloped, but reminiscent of Lusamine’s Aether Foundation (again, from Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon).

My Charmander gift from Leon (Lance-like but nicer, anyone?) was Relaxed. Kind of want to train it to use Gigantamax Charizard…should have resetted for a better nature?…

I caught every new Pokémon that I encountered, plus a few old ones.

The reintroduction of the Battle Tower is cool. I feel more motivated to complete this Pokédex than in Generation 6… (For background, I last completed the Pokédex in Pokémon Black.)

May add more as it comes to me. Solid game, GAME FREAK! 5/5

 

Are psychological diagnoses meaningless?

Part of the issue is the power psychiatry wields as a profession, relative to psychology.

“Evidence-based” usually translates to privileging biochemistry over psychology (the latter of which is “soft”, and therefore “less empirical”).

People have equated the brain with mind more and more, over time. Pushing that further, if neural dynamics determine psychological states (such as moods) outright–but, not vice versa–it becomes logical to target biological factors to uproot behavioral problems.

It is telling that psychological diagnoses are outlined in a manual published by the American Psychiatric (not Psychological) Association. Much of modern psychology grew out of psychiatry–see Freud and Jung, but also other theorists around their time like Karen Horney, who was an M.D.–so part of this is attributable to psychology’s heritage.

As the field develops its identity more, perhaps we’ll see psychologists push for greater control over the field’s diagnosis-establishing processes.

Psychological W’s and H

What we think is generated by the brain.

What we feel is in the heart!

What we do is by the body:

Who we are is our soul…

How we are is our spirit–

Why we are and do is gut-driven.