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  • Merry Earth Day!  I really hope everyone takes some time today to ponder protecting the planet.  Better yet, just go recycle something or plant a tree…or both!  . In my first posting ever on Philosophy Matters, I discussed the interrelatedness of psychology and philosophy, and I mentioned some major schools of thought.  Today, I want to delve a bit deeper into behaviorism and some of the works of B. F. Skinner.  Behaviorism is known as the second major force in psychology due to its scope of influence (Jones-Smith, 2012).  Unlike many other forms of psychology, pure behaviorism is not really […]

    Behaviorism

    Merry Earth Day!  I really hope everyone takes some time today to ponder protecting the planet.  Better yet, just go recycle something or plant a tree…or both!  . In my first posting ever on Philosophy Matters, I discussed the interrelatedness of psychology and philosophy, and I mentioned some major schools of thought.  Today, I want to delve a bit deeper into behaviorism and some of the works of B. F. Skinner.  Behaviorism is known as the second major force in psychology due to its scope of influence (Jones-Smith, 2012).  Unlike many other forms of psychology, pure behaviorism is not really […]

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  • Merry Monday! It’s no secret that JustHeath likes both psychology and biology—heck, he even majored in both of ‘em.  Whereas psychology can been conceptualized as the study of human behavior, biology can be understood as the infrastructure of said behavior.  Today, I’m going to tell readers a little bit about the curious case of Phineas Gage whose story takes place in the intersection of the these two disciplines. In 1848, a young railroad foreman by the name of Phineas Gage was having a seemingly routine day working with blasting powder (Carlson, 2004; Fox, 2004).  Something went awry, and the steel […]

    Phineas Gage

    Merry Monday! It’s no secret that JustHeath likes both psychology and biology—heck, he even majored in both of ‘em.  Whereas psychology can been conceptualized as the study of human behavior, biology can be understood as the infrastructure of said behavior.  Today, I’m going to tell readers a little bit about the curious case of Phineas Gage whose story takes place in the intersection of the these two disciplines. In 1848, a young railroad foreman by the name of Phineas Gage was having a seemingly routine day working with blasting powder (Carlson, 2004; Fox, 2004).  Something went awry, and the steel […]

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  • Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! One of my colleagues at my place of vocation recently sent an article my way that I found very intriguing, and I wanted to recommend it to readers of Philosophy Matters.   wrote about the psychological, anthropological, and economical studies of Joseph Henrich, .  These researchers from the University of British Columbia have been creating waves of controversy throughout a variety of disciplines by challenging the generalizability of the majority of empirical work in the social sciences. So what’s the big deal?  Well, the overwhelming bulk of research studies involving people are conducted on […]

    WEIRD Culture and Psychology

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! One of my colleagues at my place of vocation recently sent an article my way that I found very intriguing, and I wanted to recommend it to readers of Philosophy Matters.   wrote about the psychological, anthropological, and economical studies of Joseph Henrich, .  These researchers from the University of British Columbia have been creating waves of controversy throughout a variety of disciplines by challenging the generalizability of the majority of empirical work in the social sciences. So what’s the big deal?  Well, the overwhelming bulk of research studies involving people are conducted on […]

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  • Today, I’m going to offer a slight follow-up to last week’s posting about personality.  There are many different models for what the personality is and how it works, and most of them will make sense to most readers.  Let’s look through the Johari Window. I believe I was first exposed to the Johari Window in a  class, and it is definitely an effective tool to promote disclosure and feedback in a group of people.  It was named by its inventors,  and Harry Ingram (Young, 2009).  Personality is a way of conceptualizing the self, and there are many different parts to […]

    The Johari Window

    Today, I’m going to offer a slight follow-up to last week’s posting about personality.  There are many different models for what the personality is and how it works, and most of them will make sense to most readers.  Let’s look through the Johari Window. I believe I was first exposed to the Johari Window in a  class, and it is definitely an effective tool to promote disclosure and feedback in a group of people.  It was named by its inventors,  and Harry Ingram (Young, 2009).  Personality is a way of conceptualizing the self, and there are many different parts to […]

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  • Hello there! Recently I’ve been conducting a good many presentations and workshops about personality.  So today, I thought I’d briefly and simply outline one of the models for individual differences that makes sense to me: Jung’s psychological types.  Carl Gustav Jung was the originator of analytical psychology after he parted ways with his longtime mentor, Sigmund Freud.  Jung emphasized the unconscious mind in his theory, and he coined the term archetype that has been used by many cultural anthropologists including .  Two of his seminal works are  and .  Regarding his personality theory, he believed that there were 16 psychological […]

    Carl Jung’s Analytical Psychology: What’s Your Type?

    Hello there! Recently I’ve been conducting a good many presentations and workshops about personality.  So today, I thought I’d briefly and simply outline one of the models for individual differences that makes sense to me: Jung’s psychological types.  Carl Gustav Jung was the originator of analytical psychology after he parted ways with his longtime mentor, Sigmund Freud.  Jung emphasized the unconscious mind in his theory, and he coined the term archetype that has been used by many cultural anthropologists including .  Two of his seminal works are  and .  Regarding his personality theory, he believed that there were 16 psychological […]

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  • Merry Presidents’ Day! My what a week we’ve had: a meteor slammed into Russia, South African Olympian Blade Runner allegedly killed his model girlfriend, the Pope resigned, and Congress still can’t get along well enough to do anything of consequence (e.g., avoiding the sequestration) so they go on vacation instead.  I suspect one of those things isn’t that surprising to readers… In the spirit of celebrating our first president’s (and my distant relative) birthday, I thought I’d share some of his thoughts given in his “Farewell Address” in 1796.  George Washington’s political philosophy probably seems foreign to current affairs, and […]

    Partisanship and George Washington

    Merry Presidents’ Day! My what a week we’ve had: a meteor slammed into Russia, South African Olympian Blade Runner allegedly killed his model girlfriend, the Pope resigned, and Congress still can’t get along well enough to do anything of consequence (e.g., avoiding the sequestration) so they go on vacation instead.  I suspect one of those things isn’t that surprising to readers… In the spirit of celebrating our first president’s (and my distant relative) birthday, I thought I’d share some of his thoughts given in his “Farewell Address” in 1796.  George Washington’s political philosophy probably seems foreign to current affairs, and […]

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  • Merry Moral Monday! Several of us—JustHeath included—here at Philosophy Matters are purveyors of the British science fiction series Doctor Who.  In fact, J J Sylvia, the founder of the website, has even written a very good chapter in a  centered on the philosophy of the television program.  This past Saturday night, I happened to catch an episode on MPB, the Mississippi affiliate of PBS that will serve as a starting point for today’s moral dilemma. So, come along [Ponds], and…Geronimo! “The Wedding of River Song” (2011) In the  finale, the show’s main protagonist, the Doctor, has to save the entire […]

    Moral Monday: The Wedding of River Song

    Merry Moral Monday! Several of us—JustHeath included—here at Philosophy Matters are purveyors of the British science fiction series Doctor Who.  In fact, J J Sylvia, the founder of the website, has even written a very good chapter in a  centered on the philosophy of the television program.  This past Saturday night, I happened to catch an episode on MPB, the Mississippi affiliate of PBS that will serve as a starting point for today’s moral dilemma. So, come along [Ponds], and…Geronimo! “The Wedding of River Song” (2011) In the  finale, the show’s main protagonist, the Doctor, has to save the entire […]

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  • “There’s everything in this movie, / Everything that fits. / From the Meaning of Life in the universe, / To girls with great big tits. / We’ve got movie stars and foreign cars, / Explosions and the lot / Filmed as only we know how, / On the budget that we’ve got. / We spent a fortune on locations / And quite a bit on drink / And there’s even the odd philosophical joke, / Just to make you buggers think. / Yet some parts are as serious / And as deep as you could wish / But largely it’s […]

    Movie Monday: The Meaning of Life

    “There’s everything in this movie, / Everything that fits. / From the Meaning of Life in the universe, / To girls with great big tits. / We’ve got movie stars and foreign cars, / Explosions and the lot / Filmed as only we know how, / On the budget that we’ve got. / We spent a fortune on locations / And quite a bit on drink / And there’s even the odd philosophical joke, / Just to make you buggers think. / Yet some parts are as serious / And as deep as you could wish / But largely it’s […]

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  • Salutations, sufferers/benefactors of the human condition. On this day, we are gathered here to mourn the loss of a great friend of ourselves: ourselves.  How did we succumb to this fate?  Meaninglessness.  Fear not.  Keep calm, and read on. “Existentialism offers an array of interpretations because it is spread across so many different cultures.  Its seemingly tortured and mixed varieties could be a result of the nature of the existentialist credo—the lonely, estranged, and alienated individual caught up in a meaningless and absurd world” (Ozmon & Craver, 2008, pp. 224-225). I have recently noticed that some of us here at […]

    On Existentialism

    Salutations, sufferers/benefactors of the human condition. On this day, we are gathered here to mourn the loss of a great friend of ourselves: ourselves.  How did we succumb to this fate?  Meaninglessness.  Fear not.  Keep calm, and read on. “Existentialism offers an array of interpretations because it is spread across so many different cultures.  Its seemingly tortured and mixed varieties could be a result of the nature of the existentialist credo—the lonely, estranged, and alienated individual caught up in a meaningless and absurd world” (Ozmon & Craver, 2008, pp. 224-225). I have recently noticed that some of us here at […]

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  • Merry MLK Day! Many readers will probably be reading this post from the context of a leisurely holiday from work or school due to the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Perhaps some will have honored Dr. King by engaging in some sort of service activity during the day.  Regardless, I hope everyone will take the time to reflect a bit on the life and works of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.  I had heard of Dr. King growing up and listened to some of his speeches, but I don’t think I had ever read any of his works […]

    The Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Merry MLK Day! Many readers will probably be reading this post from the context of a leisurely holiday from work or school due to the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Perhaps some will have honored Dr. King by engaging in some sort of service activity during the day.  Regardless, I hope everyone will take the time to reflect a bit on the life and works of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.  I had heard of Dr. King growing up and listened to some of his speeches, but I don’t think I had ever read any of his works […]

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