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Lecture 2 - Chapter 1 - The Science of Psychology

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Lecture 2 - Chapter 1 - The Science of Psychology The parents of psychology are philosophy and biology The Philosophical Roots of Psychology For many years it was not ok for humans to study themselves because humans are differentspecial and it is because of the erosion of this notion of a difference that really lead to the birth of psychology The concept of intelligence is like the concept of magic, it only holds any validity when we dont know how its done If the magician explains to you how to do it and give you all the details and then you watch it; you might still be impressed but you will no longer feel like you have witnessed the impossible. If we can build something that acts intelligent; the very fact that we can build it says that we understand the processes underlying that intelligence and once we understand those processes we will no longer see it as intelligent. What about the will. the soul or consciousness? If we ask the question about why are humans unique because of the notion of a soul. For many years; the notion was that humans possess a soul; a spiritual element (we are gods special chosen creatures) Early in human history, humans would attribute souls or wills to almost anything....a behaviour termed animism Many people believe that
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