From: "'Andrew Phelps' <>


Subject: Re: [PsySR-humanrights] Counterpunch: “Standing Firm for Reform at the American Psychological Association“

Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 1:15 PM


Uwy, Tsr, and others:

One of the main considerations for the Ethics Commission would be what I call the "1% model of moral psychology." To alter that would constitute a project for PsySR.

For an argumentation that goes back to McCarthyism, see  here. Lawrence Kohlberg led the "1% model" applying the philosophy of Immanuel Kant to understand ethics; his assistant Carol Gilligan found she had to move away from that frame.

People arguing "Standing Firm for Reform" find themselves in a "99%" position. What's "bad" reaches beyond people making individual mistakes - not an easy point to argue.

Thus, a website "allowing for comments" might/might not happen, and, in any case, that won't fully meet the needs of the "reform" advocacy. In general, "social responsibility" seems to stand for a way to [be] ignored or marginalized (e.g. "dissidents").





On Sun, 6/19/16, Uwy wrote:

One of the big questions is whether the complaints that were turned down by the old Ethics Committee can be "retried" e.g. the Leso complaint in light of a) all the questions as to whether the ethics committee even did a serious review and b) new information that the detainee had a long history of schizophrenia and Leso was a clinician attending some of the torturous interrogations. I see that there will be a website allowing for comments, but it is not clear when that will be made available.