PLATO PLUS DARWIN EQUALS POPPER

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 728. Comments on Walter B. Weimar's review (see record 2006-06383-002) of The Philosophy of Karl Popper, Books 1 and 2 edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp (1974). Contrary to Weimer, the present author believes Popper and his notion of “World 3” are quite relevant to psychology, particularly to a humanistic psychology. If, as seems to be the case, the mind is our most adaptive organ, if it is for making contact with reality, we must inquire as to the nature of the mind's adaptive reality. If psychologists are ever to escape from suffocation under mountains of useless trivia, they must be prepared to deal exclusively with the products of the human mind rather than to pretend that somehow or other they really know about people's minds. Popper's call is for a revolution in psychology; it is a call to a study of what he calls the “objective mind,” of ideas in the objective sense. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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