PSY100H1 Lecture Notes - Uniformitarianism, Second Voyage Of Hms Beagle, Wilhelm Wundt
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Want to buy my brand of beer
Strategy 1 : here are the 48 reasons why my
beer is the best blah blah blah
Strategy 2: aim a target audience with what
they like with no explanation as if humans
have no brains
In order to have a science that can help us do this one must be able
to: define, measure, predict and control the mysterious functioning of
Take intangible things of the mind and make them concrete
The science of psych has come a very long way over the past few
Eg. For most of human history, debate raged as to where
consciousness resided .. Heart? Mind? Brain? Spirits?
We have accepted that the mind is the brain
The mind is what the brain does
The brain is not just an enclosed system cause it works externally
mediated through the body
Without the connection, you don't have a mind
History and Methods
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Human exceptionalism: Belief that humans are
fundamentally different from the rest of the
If it's true, studying animals defeats the purpose
of learning about humans
Inferences from animals
Innovation: pushes ideas forwards comes from
integration of ideas from one place to another
(specialists are not so good at doing so because
they don't spend enough time in reality)
Creativity and innovation s
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He was influences by the theological thinking of
We can't really have a mechanistic soul …
How so we separate the mind from the body?
How can you decide something with your inner
being but make your body do it? (doesn't make
He worked really hard to connect the body and
the mind (difficult) inner equality of freedom
If we have a free mind and a deterministic
Unpowerful - not favoured
Reject this, where is the mind then?
What it's substrate? What is it made of?
Is there any creativity or is it just a function?
Affects science because we need patterns to
reach a conclusion
If it doesn't have a substrate etc, you don't
have this science, what is there to study?
Descartes: dead-icated to his ideas
Upon his death in Sqwedan (1650) his own head was severed from his body for a 160 years
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