Illness or Identity? Differing Views on Being Transgender

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/03/03/Einsteins_God_Conversations_About_Science

Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, discusses his research on how notions of mental illness change over time. Solomon extends the concept to highlight cases of transgender children facing rejection or acceptance by religious communities.


Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. And his famous quip that “God does not play dice with the universe” was a statement about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did leave behind a fascinating, largely forgotten legacy of musings and writings — some serious, some whimsical — about the relationship between science and religion and his own inquisitive reverence for the “order deeply hidden behind everything.” – New York Public Library

Andrew Solomon is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College. His first novel, A Stone Boat tells the story of a man’s shifting identity as he watches his mother battle cancer, and is currently being developed as a film. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression won him fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, Mr. Solomon was awarded the Humanitarian Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry for his contributions to the field of mental health. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Artforum. He is currently writing Love Matters: Discovering the Horizontal Family and completing a PhD in psychology at Cambridge.



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