Why Your Mind Works the Way That It Does
Psychology gives practical insights into issues from consciousness to morality to mental health to politics. It also gets things wrong.
In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...
… a look into the story of the human mind wonders if you’re just a machine made of meat. Guest Paul Bloom, a researcher, teacher and author studies adult and child development in terms of how people make sense of the world. It turns out that there are all kinds of automated systems in your body that are making sense of the world for you and after they do that, they give you a picture of the world. The interesting part is that picture may be more or less accurate based on a lot of things that are part of your programming.
Paul is a professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and professor emeritus of Psychology at Yale University. He teaches a popular “Intro to Psychology” class that he turned into his seventh book, called: “Psych: The Story of the Human Mind.”
Because he studies psychology at so many different levels, he brings new knowledge and new synthesis of ideas to the discussion of the human mind. Topics range from consciousness to ChatGPT and BDSM, from whether you have a soul or if you can attain happiness.
Paul’s writing and lectures show how psychology can give us practical insights into important issues. He addresses the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety and the best way to lead a fulfilling life. This episode and his new book guide you through the most important topic there is: the story of you and your mind.
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Book: “Psych: The Story of the Human Mind”
“Psych” is a guide to the most intimate aspects of human nature, distilling the equivalent of a university course while also being funny, engaging, and full of memorable anecdotes. He reveals what psychology can tell you about issues affecting modern culture—including belief in conspiracy theories, the role of genes in explaining human differences, and the nature of prejudice and hatred.
Mind and Development Lab: minddevlab.yale.edu
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