PSYC18H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Einsteinium

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PSYC18 Lecture 2 Thursday, January 19, 2012
- Where we`ve been thrown into the world (“privileged”)
The Academic World
- Human sciences are guided by culture
- ***Geisteswissenschaften
When conceiving of our worlds
- E.g. We have an ethics board now for our psychology experiments, why do we have that now?
- There’re people who’re oriented on the surface or the depth (surface-oriented, depth-oriented)
Which one is more complex?
- The physical world is a projection of our concepts: Our physical world has changed over time
- Viewing from the Einsteinium viewpoint is different than viewing it from a Newtonian viewpoint
- *** We have Ideas about the world, we have ideas about the physical world and ideas about the
social world, however, it does not mean they’re true
- Reflect upon the sources of your ideas, your ideas can change
Events occur in the everyday world
- There’re things that happen in our lives that are more automatic and then there’re those that
are more distinctive
- Lived world (engaged viewpoint, world of meaning, world of culture, world of experience)
- Plane of observation (detached, standing back, taking a look)
Events in the laboratory world
- Presumably, events in the laboratory world should be meaningfully related in the lived-world
Personal Life Narratives
- Facts might not be necessarily “true”
- Just because you see it, doesn’t mean it’s true
- Look beyond the idiographic experience to the shared experience
- Freud Double Touch: Agent and the Recipient
- We live like we’re separate entities in a physically bound world
- We are in many different lives all at once (In a classroom, we are part of other people’s live)
- We are the Public world with the family, Private world that they don’t know about, private
world that even you don’t know about (Freud’s subconscious)
- We are multilayered/Multileveled: How coherent am I as a person?
PSYC18 Lecture 2 Thursday, January 19, 2012
- Jung: Persona You’re a different person with different groups of people
- We can turn our backs on parts of our lives
- We have to welcome all parts of your life, whenever and at what age you were at
Four Fundamental Layers
- Noetic: Mental processes: Perceptual (something stands out), intellectual (stimulate the mind),
- Organic: Biological processes
- Physical: Physical processes
- Social: Social/Cultural Systems
Interface of Mind and Body
- “We do not know what consciousness”. We have it but we don’t know what it is.
- Apprehension: To find meaning in the world
- We may not understand the configuration of a furniture in another country but that doesn’t
mean that it’s not what it is
- When do you “wake up”? We exist in a world through automaticity
How do we see ourselves
- You can see yourself as a process
- You are either an object or a process
- You can see yourself both ways: based on traits or based on situations
- Literal viewpoints: How do we see situations?
o Literal person would not have a good sense of humour
o If you look literally, you’re stuck on the surface
- Ironic/Metaphorical viewpoint: Look beyond the surface, what’s /really/ going on?
- Shifting viewpoints: The same moment you’re in a situation, you’re also thinking about it from
another point of view Being engaged and then seeing it from another viewpoint
Instinctual or Motivated Activity
- Life: Self-preservation or ACTION
- Logos: Search for meaning or REACTION
- ***Effort to Determine:
o What’s real? You’re orienting around something so you can live. Is this a real
o What’s true?
Worlds Again
- Do they not notice that you’ve shown your affection because you didn’t show it or because
they’re blind?
PSYC18 Lecture 2 Thursday, January 19, 2012
- People who’re reserved notice emotions quicker
Inside one body:
- Adaptation and Experience