Social Psych

Psychology, both Buddhist and Western, is the tentative direction for 2018, as discussed below.

"Social Psychology" will include some philosophy of science thrown into the mix as well. We might also explore the argumentative theory of reasoning, depending on what has already been discussed in previous sessions, and how much time there is.

A brief overview of the philosophy of social sciences.

An interesting comparative take on the philosophy of science, drawing from Foucault, Habermas, and the Buddhist tradition.

No references to Buddhism or Foucault in this link, and the tie in to philosophy of science will have to be interpolated, but it's easier to understand and is a great lead in to the Asch conformity experiments.

A more difficult talk, but excellent, for those of you who have not had enough of Habermas. It is a more detailed argument for thinking of science as rational discourse. I suggest you use the closed captions feature, even if you are adept at understanding an Indian accent, just for the hilarity of the many iterations it comes up with for Habermas' name. An Indian professor giving a lecture on a German philosopher that we will use at a Zen temple in the USA. How cosmopolitan is that?

Ken Gergen, social psychologist, explains social constructivism.

Jikoji's current perspectives on interdependence are discussed in detail, as background for the current and ongoing issues of ethics and other guidelines for the community, a perusal of these links will give a good synopsis to the issues we will discuss in this social psychology presentation.