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The Future of Human Psychology
Introduction: Connecting Your Learning
"It is easier for us to imagine ourselves living among better appliances than among better human beings."
Speculative visions of humans in the future, for example in science fiction films, although often set in strange
high-tech environments, usually portray humans, quite naively, as possessing the same type of psychology and
mental make-up as they have today.
Even if humans are bio-technologically enhanced or have computer chips
implanted in their brains, it is assumed that the essentials of human nature are relatively constant. Humans
have the same vices, the same desires, the same social relations, and the same psychological challenges as
they always have. It seems, however, that this assumption about the future of human psychology is highly
There are many reasons to think that human nature is
not some single
unchanging reality. Recorded history demonstrates fundamental changes in all aspects of human existence,
including society, technology, culture, belief systems, material artifacts, art, religion, and architecture.
anything, the rate of change is steadily increasing or accelerating in contemporary times.
changing faster and faster. All these types of change clearly have affected the human mind and human self –
we are not the same psychologically as our ancient ancestors.
Also, accelerative developments in biotechnology, psychology, brain research, computer technology,
education, and other areas promise to provide ways to
human psychological capacities in
the future. Having studied the main areas of human psychology within this course, consider all the ways in
which the science of psychology could potentially be used to evolve, improve, or transform human nature.
Other disciplines offer additional ideas and technologies for human change.
Will we be different tomorrow than we are today? Will we be different the day after tomorrow, and so forth
indefinitely into the future? In this lesson, you will review some of the ways in which this transformation
could take place.
Focusing Your Learning
Course Competencies Covered in this Lesson:
All course competencies are addressed in this lesson.