Deep Thought 8: Psychology is Mindless
Dr Rich FG
Published at : 21 Jan 2021
Psychology is ever growing in popularity and seems to be making the transition from social to physical science, where constructions give way, apparently, to realist interpretations. But is this actually the case? Is the rise of neuroporn and media misunderstandings of the limitations of neuroscience giving this realist psychology a sheen of factuality that it can't really claim? Is the technology getting better? How realistically do experiments in Cognitive and Behavioural psychology reflect reality? What does the history of psychology, and other young sciences, teach us?
Most importantly, what the hell do those guys smoke before coming up with their research methods, and where can the rest of us buy some?
This week, it is the turn of the psychologists to get prodded and probed as we delve into the past, present and future state of brain science, and use the meat with think with to try to think about the meat we think with. I'm sure philosophy of mind will come up, and few other nasties, yet we shall battle through and, as always, end just as confused as we began. Do join us.
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