Crash Course Psychology Preview


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Hello, and welcome to my new set!
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I’m on a chaise lounge!
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I’m on a chair!
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Chaise lounge!
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Wingback!
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Chaise!
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Chair!
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Both at the same time!
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I also got a new jacket; it was formerly owned by Roger – he had it embroidered with his
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name – but one thing here is not new: my brain.
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Because unlike the vast majority of cells in my body, the neurons I had when I was an
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infant are the neurons that I have right now.
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They will be the same neurons I have when I die.
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Our brains are us.
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They do not replace.
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It’s all part of the magical mystery that is our minds.
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Now, some – okay, me, occasionally – argue that psychology is a softer science than chemistry
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or biology or physics.
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Well, frankly, that’s true: there’s more discussion of tendencies, of maybes, the allowances for
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statistical significance are wider, and you want to know why?
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Because it’s more complicated.
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Your brain is more complicated than anything taught in theoretical physics classes.
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There are no equations that can define it.
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Though it operates within the same laws as the rest of the cosmos, its complexity rivals
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that of the entire rest of the universe combined!
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Excluding all the other brains, of course.
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You’d think that we’d be really good at understanding brains, though, since, you know, we all have
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one and use one all the time.
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We experience the world as a brain connected to sensing systems, and yet, as we will see,
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our insights about how brains work are often very wrong!
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So just throw out everything you think you know!
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And that is why we have this wonderful science of psychology.
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Though you cannot, as early psychologists wished, break the human psyche into “atoms
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of consciousness”, through careful study of your mind, you can, at least in part, understand
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your mind!
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And the minds of others!
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We can heal the sick, deepen understanding, and improve functions.
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That’s really the heart of it.
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Minds trying to understand minds.
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The reason we do things, why we think and feel the way we do.
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The schools of thought, the techniques, the history, the characters, from Freud to advanced
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neuroscience – from healthy to broken, from everyday behaviors to the deepest depths of
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your subconscious.
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And also, did I mention?
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Chaise lounge!
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Why don’t I have a cigar?
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I should have a cigar.
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I honestly do not have any idea how to acquire a cigar; Freud would be so disappointed in
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me!
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Actually, did you know that Freud was, in addition to cigars, also addicted to cocaine?
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One of the many things you will learn here in Crash Course Psychology!

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