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PSY100H1 Lecture Notes - Psych, Materialism, Falsifiability

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Dan Dolderman

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Intro to Psychology (PSYA01)
Lecture 1.1 There’s No Soul in Psychology
To follow something scientifically, an assumption has to be made that the
behavior of that said thing conforms to natural laws.
Souls” are a spiritual entity, which means they DO NOT conform to natural
Therefore trying to interpret them with a scientific process is pure
If human behavior was not partially, if not totally determined by natural
laws, then it should be possible to study it scientifically
Psychology is a very complex science, therefore you make progress at a
slower rate, Psych is also very young 1850-1900, less than 150 years old
Animism- suggesting that something has a soul (i.e. rocks)
Rene Descartes believes animals have no souls, they are just machines
He believes animals don’t feel pain, they just react to the situations
Rene believes humans are machines, however we are ultimately controlled
by a soul, which means humans are responsible for their actions
Rene Descartes believes humans have a dualistic nature (part material, part
John Locke believes ALL body is a machine (body + mind) is materialism
John Locke believes “humans are born at a blank slate”, ultimately
experiences determine who/what you are going to be
Materialism we don’t have a soul, everything is made up of basic materials
that follow physical laws (Anti-spiritualism)
Lecture 1.2 The Birth and Early Years
Mid-Late 1800’s Germany was a very prominent country because they were a
super power, they had the economic + military might to do what they pleased
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