Years ago I went to New Mexico for a weekend seminar on political philosophy and government, but the notion that most struck me from my three-day stay had little to do with political systems—rather it had to do with the nature of the human psyche. I recall a simple and rather obvious observation made by a professor from New York—something to the effect that the social sciences (and the discipline of psychology, in particular) see human behavior as fundamentally governed by rational and predictable laws. Obvious enough! By implication, with sufficient mental elbow grease, we can explain or even predict human behavior, with all of its whimsical complexity.

For reasons that I'd like you to imagine, the professor took issue with the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline. And you? Do you think human behavior is fundamentally amenable to rational analysis?

 

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