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
obvious observation made by a professor from New York—something to
the effect that the social
(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?