Psychological Quotes (10 quotes)
I can understand your aversion to the use of the term religion to describe an emotional and psychological attitude which shows itself most clearly in Spinoza ... I have not found a better expression than religious for the trust in the rational nature of reality that is, at least to a certain extent, accessible to human reason.
If one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well.
In human beings pure masculinity or femininity is not to be found either in a psychological or biological sense.
Intelligence is important in psychology for two reasons. First, it is one of the most scientifically developed corners of the subject, giving the student as complete a view as is possible anywhere of the way scientific method can be applied to psychological problems. Secondly, it is of immense practical importance, educationally, socially, and in regard to physiology and genetics.
Nature is objective, and nature is knowable, but we can only view her through a glass darklyand many clouds upon our vision are of our own making: social and cultural biases, psychological preferences, and mental limitations (in universal modes of thought, not just individualized stupidity).
Never look for a psychological explanation unless every effort to find a cultural one has been exhausted.
Psychologism is, I believe, correct only in so far as it insists upon what may be called 'methodological individualism' as opposed to 'methodological collectivism'; it rightly insists that the 'behaviour' and the 'actions' of collectives, such as states or social groups, must be reduced to the behaviour and to the actions of human individuals. But the belief that the choice of such an individualist method implies the choice of a psychological method is mistaken.
The increase of disorder or entropy with time is one example of what is called an arrow of time something that gives a direction to time and distinguishes the past from the future. There are at least three different directions of time. First, there is the thermodynamic arrow of timethe direction of time in which disorder or entropy increases. Second, there is the psychological arrow of time. This is the direction in which we feel time passesthe direction of time in which we remember the past, but not the future. Third, there is the cosmological arrow of time. This is the direction of time in which the universe is expanding rather than contracting.
The most important effect of the suffrage is psychological. The permanent consciousness of power for effective action, the knowledge that their own thoughts have an equal chance with those of any other person this is what has always rendered the men of a free state so energetic, so acutely intelligent, so powerful.
If there are two theories, one simpler man the other, the simpler one is to be preferred. At first sight this does not seem quite so bad, but a little thought shows that our tendency to prefer the simpler possibility is psychological rather than scientific. It is less trouble to think that way. Experience invariably shows that the more correct a theory becomes, the more complex does it seem. So this interpretation of [Ockhams Razor] is worthless.