PSYA01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: James Mill, Luigi Galvani, Materialism

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30 Sep 2015
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Psya01 - lecture #1 - there"s no soul in psychology. To pursue something scientifically, one must first assume that the behaviour of that thing conforms to natural laws that can eventually be understood, specified, and used to predict future behaviour. Scientific method: a way of learning about the world through collecting observations, developing theories to explain them, and using the theories to make predictions. Souls do not conform to natural laws. Trying to understand souls via a scientific process is pure folly. If we are spiritual beings, the implication is our behaviour doesn"t follow any natural laws. Gravity was not proven yet - rocks fall to ground, not because of gravity, but because they had a desire to be with the other rock (earth) No knowledge of meteorology - rainstorms in village meant the weather spirits were angered. At one point in time, humans gave souls to everything. Animism: giving a soul to inanimate objects.

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