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Antecedents to Psychology

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This is a lecture about Antecedents to Psychology for students enrolled in the PSYC 487 course at Boise State University.
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Joanne Rivera Lopez (10 months ago)
gracias
Chris Gray (11 months ago)
Thank you Mr Landrum, a very comprehensive overview. I particularly appreciate your admission of the subjective nature of this topic. I am considering entering into the study of psychology and have attempted to give myself an overview of the history of the subject. Wilhelm Wundt seems universally accepted as the forerunner in a scientific approach primarily due to his insistence on strict laboratory conditions and repeatable experimentation. (Pavlov seems often only mentioned as an aside in laboratory observation perhaps due to the ethics involved concerning such intrusive techniques being used on human subjects) The renaissance which brought forth such visionary thinkers as Descartes was, as I understand it, driven by an influx into Europe of the ancient manuscripts of Greek and Roman origin, which is perhaps why we tend to use ancient Greece as the cut-off point for most histories, being the earliest written records that are dechipherable. This lack of access to the works of earlier philosophers did in my opinion enhance the ability of the church to hold authority over thought for so long. The printing press (which was actually rejected in China many years before Guttenburg) saw a revolution of ideas spread throughout the populace, freeing thought from authoritarianism. The internet, it seems, is the second stage of that revolution. Making ideas accessible drives critical thinking to new heights. Thank you again for your contribution to my own personal development in pursuit of critical thinking.
Natalie Rath (3 years ago)
Thank You!

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