From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul> Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 18:59:26 +0100 Archived: Fri, 04 May 2012 06:10:27 -0400 Subject: Re: 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 <snip> >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. I should have said a bit more about this. The upshot is that neither Psychoanalysis nor Analytical Psychology has any empirical basis worthy of the name. The transpersonal psychology of Grof, Tart, Maslow, Leary and others, owes more to the New Age therapy movement than to anything that could be called "scientific" psychology. This isn't in itself necessarily a bad thing - but these are very bad examples to choose if you are trying to make a case that psychology is a scientific discipline. In any case I'm not at all sure that transpersonal psychology can be said to be free of Cognitivist assumptions; certainly it is strongly constructivist and incorporates a great deal of metaphysical baggage. For a New Age or spiritual philosophy this might not be regarded as a problem - but for a scientific subject, it once again entails a dependency on a whole raft of untested (and probably untestable)assumptions. Cathy Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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