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On Social Psychology: Kenneth Gergen has said "A colleague in philosophy recently remarked that for him, reading social psychological research was akin to discovering the work of an obscure order of medieval monks" (Contemporary Psychology, February 1998).

Whereas the general movement of intellectual thought for the past two centuries haa been away from idealism toward a view of man as situated, away from a morality of eternal values, a re-discovery of the body, it is ironic that psychology has become more idealistically mental, more cognitive. Or is it not really ironic? Psychology today is in the middle of a veritable counter-revolution. It is an antipode to history, a last ditch attempt to be ideal. This is the nature of the new "paradigm."

So you believe you understand the concept of "causality?" What relation does the concept hold with statistical techniques such as ANOVA, the t-test, multiple regression, factor analysis? Have you confused "cause" with the techniques?
Read Oyama, John Dewey, Merleau-Ponty. Read Nietzsche to understand the gravity of the confusion.





E-Mail: Laurence E. Heglar, PhD