All posts tagged with history of psychology

Chomping Chomsky

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I ran into Deevy Bishop’s review of a recent book by Noam Chomsky and James McGilvray, titled The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray.

Quote: Boring robot squeezes

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From the conclusion of Edwin Boring (1946), “Mind and mechanism” Boring:1946, which is an exposition of the philosophical value of operationalist methods in ...

Neuron theory

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Ferris Jabr has begun a series called “Know your neurons”, which will be a tour of the types of neurons. The first installment (“Know Your Neurons: The Disco...

Eugenics legacy

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The AP reports that North Carolina has convened a task force to hear testimony from the subjects of the state’s forced sterilization program: “NC grapples wi...

Tortoises down

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John Wilkins comments on an old fable, often attributed to William James, in the service of commenting on the snooty attitudes toward common folk beliefs (“T...

Seventy years of studying happiness

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The Atlantic has a feature story, “What makes us happy?”, about the Harvard Study of Adult Development – a 72-year-old study of originally-normal Harvard und...

Robert Lowie on anthropology and psychology

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It is hard to find a better discussion of how anthropology relates to culture than the first chapter of Robert Lowie’s 1917 book, Culture and Ethnology. For ...

Harvey Cushing

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At Neurophilosophy, a cool post on the photorecord of early neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing:

Obsolete thinking discarded, life goes on

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In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Russell Jacoby bemoans progress (paywall). He thinks that colleges aren’t teaching people to revere the right nineteent...