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Psychology One; Is Man Free To Choose?

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07/02/1957

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency. The topics of this episode are determinism and man's freedom. Science and religion are discussed. Dr. Boring mentions that the Soviet Union followed the philosophy of dialectic materialism, which determined its economic plan. This did not work for all, and voluntarism was implemented instead. He mentioned a book on contribution of catholic church into scientific psychology Roman Catholic Psychology, which shows no conflict between observation and revelation. Necessity of freedom is discussed. Dr. Boring points out that Freud came into scene with the dynamic personality, but novelists discovered that deterministic personality does not always work for novels and fictional characters, because literature needs freedom. He brings up the history of science and how things happened at particular times, because they fitted with culture and thought at the time. Hence simultaneous scientific discoveries could happen, i.e. the discovery of planet Neptune. Dr. Boring shows the chart of black dots representing events and discoveries and explains that models don't have to be truthful to be useful. He talks about tolerance and how people need to understand rather than blame. According to Dr. Boring, freedom means responsibility. He offers an ethical model: keep responsibility for yourself and try to lift it from another and try to understand his/her causes. If you both fail, then you are both in determinism. Dr. Boring concludes the last episode with the words of hope that the Psychology One program will give his audience the attitude of tolerance to understand other human beings rather than blaming them. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.


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Series
Psychology One
Program
Is Man Free To Choose?
Series Description

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's (Harvard University) famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency. Series release date: 10/3/1956

Program Description

This series (of 38 programs) presents Dr. Edwin Boring's famous psychology course which he teaches at Harvard. He gives the basic facts and principles necessary to uncover man's awareness, thought and behavior. Stress will be placed on the biological development of these phenomena and the role of heredity and learning in determining human abilities and human efficiency.

Duration

00:28:37

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Roman Catholic Psychology
Psychology
Boring, Edwin G.
History of Science
Dynamic Personality
Voluntarism
Religion
Philosophy of Dialectic Materialism
Harvard University
Science
Genres
Educational
Topics
Psychology
Contributors
Busiek, William S. (Sound)
Richardson, Arthur (Engineer)
Harvey, Frank (Engineer)
Pierce, William W., III (Narrator)
Lovell, Edgar (Other (see note))
Messenger, Lawrence J. (Other (see note))
Rice, Roger W. (Other (see note))
Gardner, Elizabeth (Other (see note))
Davis, David M. (Director)
Sisson, Thomas K. (Producer)
Pray, Leonard C. (Other (see note))
Stevens, Joseph C. (Other (see note))
Boring, Edwin G. (Host)
Hollander, Lilly (Other (see note))
Prodan, Peter (Other (see note))
Publication Information
Courtesy of Thirteen/WNET New York and WGBH Boston
Citation
Chicago: “Psychology One; Is Man Free To Choose?,” 07/02/1957, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3F5E87799D7D478AA3E022BA245986C1.
MLA: “Psychology One; Is Man Free To Choose?.” 07/02/1957. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3F5E87799D7D478AA3E022BA245986C1>.
APA: Psychology One; Is Man Free To Choose?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3F5E87799D7D478AA3E022BA245986C1
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