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Week 1 Summary......
Jeremy Jackson
|   NW 3431
In person
|    Tues 6:30-9:20
Albert Einstein: "Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds"

What is a Critical Issue?


Cross-specialty relevance

Disagreement between experts

Practical/Applied implications


Survey - What do you think about selected critical issues?

Example: Are MEMORIES in the brain?


The Most Important Critical Issues?

What is and should be the subject matter of Psychology? What are mental phenomena? Should we study them?

What should be the method of psychology? For instance, should psychology be a science?

What is Science? Why do we value science over other forms of knowing?

What is the nature of mental disorder? Are they illnesses or not?

Is Psychology progressing rationally towards a greater understanding of human nature?


Understanding Critical Issues

Philosophy & Philosophy of Science

History of psychology

Critical Thinking


New Ideas - Why they are opposed?

Zeitgeist, economic forces, moral/ethical/religeous forces, practical issues.

Examples: Darwin, Galileo, Einstein, Freud, Martin Luther King, The sufferjets, Ludwig Wittgenstein.