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Unformatted text preview: AN ANATOMY OF HUMAN MENTAL LIFE 1 2 An anatomy of human mental life Psychology in unideological reconstruction incorporating The synapse-state theory of mental life Peter Naur naur com publishing 3 An anatomy of human mental life © Peter Naur, 2004 All rights reserved Printed in Denmark ISBN 87-987221-3-1 Published by naur.com publishing Begoniavej 20 DK 2820 Gentofte Denmark The cover pattern is inspired by the synapse-state theory of section 4.4. Ordering information may be found via Internet home page: ‘www.naur.com’. Peter Naur, b. 1928, Danish scientist, mag. scient. in astronomy 1949, dr. phil. 1957. 1953-59 at Københavns Universitets Astronomiske Observatorium. 1959-69 at Regnecentralen and lecturer at Danmarks Tekniske Højskole and Niels Bohr Institute. 1969-98 professor of Datalogi at Københavns Universitet. 4 Contents Preface .............................................................................................. 7 1. Introduction .................................................................................. 9 2. The ideological decay of psychology ........................................ 12 2.1 The spurious ‘science’-issue. ....................................................... 13 2.2 Philosophical confusions. .......................................................... 16 2.3 Confusions of methods and measurements. .................................... 19 2.4 Three ‘psycho’-ideologies. .......................................................... 22 2.5 Founding the American-psychology-enterprise. ............................... 24 2.6 William James’s Principles misunderstood and misjudged. ................ 27 2.7 Activity of the American-psychology-enterprise. ............................. 30 2.8 Emergence of behaviorism. ......................................................... 32 3. Issues of the American-psychology-enterprise from the years 1920 to 2000 .............................................. 36 3.1 Behaviorism and contenders. ....................................................... 36 3.2 Emergence of cognitivism. ......................................................... 40 3.3 Flaws of cognitivism. ............................................................... 45 3.4 Cognitivist pseudo-problems. ..................................................... 47 3.5 The American-psychology-enterprise 1945-2000. ............................ 50 4. Habits and synapse states .......................................................... 56 4.1 Each person is a bundle of habits. ................................................ 56 4.2 Habits of musicianship. ............................................................. 56 4.3 The plasticity of the nervous system. ........................................... 58 4.4 The synapse-state description of the total organism. ........................ 60 4.5 The neural activity of the *stream-of-thought. ................................ 62 4.6 Development of habits from instincts. .......................................... ....
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