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Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 10:18:52 -0500
Archived: Fri, 04 May 2012 06:04:18 -0400
Subject:  Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary


>From: Eugene Frison <cthulhu_calls.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 21:26:48 -0500
>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

>>From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:11:15 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Ufology And Psychiatry - Summary

>>Lastly you claim that most psychology does not depend on
>>Cognitivism. In an earlier post I listed the Gibsonians, the
>>psychophysicists and a handful of applied (that is,
>>atheoretical) experimenters as examples that don't. To these I
>>should have added some counseling psychologists and a handful of
>>Behaviorists (there are still some of these knocking around
>>somewhere). But that's about it. If you know of any other
>>examples, then once again, I think it's time you produced them.

>No. Another false accusation from you. Go back and re-read my
>posts. I agreed with you that Cognitivism was the dominant
>factor in psychology. I even stated that it has been this way
>since Noam Chomsky did his number on Behaviouralism.
>You are clearly misunderstanding what I mean when I say that
>psychology is more than Cognitivisim. But that has been a
>regular and consistent feature of this disccusion. There are
>many systems within psychology. There is good within each of
>these systems. There is bad within each of these systems. The
>point is that something good can be salvaged from each system
>and what is not good should be discarded. Every system - from
>the Humanism of William James, to Behaviouralism (Cognitivism is
>not a complete rejection of Behaviouralism), to the various
>'depth psychologies' (such as the "psychoanalysis" of Freud, and
>the "analytical psychology' of Jung), to the Gestalt's, right up
>to the newer ideas of the post-cognitivists and the
>transpersonal psychology of Groff and Tart, all have something
>to contribute. This is what I meant when I said in an earlier
>post that psychology will not disappear but will continue to
>improve itself and grow. Since the 1990's, post-cognitivist
>ideas such as 'embodied cognition', 'embodied embedded
>cognition', 'situated cognition', 'ecological psychology', etc.
>are starting to take psychology past Cognitivism. Sure, Jame's
>J. Gibson's 'direct realism' is a post-cognitive proposition but
>it went too far and is shown to be wrong by modern physics.

I should point out that the psychology of William James is
"Functionalism" and not "Humanism" as I wrote above.

"Functionalism" is a system that opposed "Structuralism" (the
main psychology of the late 19th century). James is usually
considered to be the founder of Functionalism, which places
emphasis on 'conscious experience.' William James is well known
for his book 'The Varieties of Religious Experience.'



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