Psychology Talk: What lies beneath?

In a fascinating Psychology talk led by head of Psychology Mr Aaron Higginson, members of the Year 9 Athenaeum had their first foray into the world of Psychology. Beginning with an exploration into the differences between the conscious and unconscious mind the students thought about what processes may be going on in their minds beyond those they are aware of? How might the unconscious mind be shaping their actions and are they being influenced by experiences they have never been consciously aware of? The discussion moved through Freud to the Rorschach ink blot test, with the students created their own blots. The session ended with some Karl Popper and ideas of falsifiability. Whatever may lie beneath there was an awful lot visible in this session. 

The group will revisit this topic over the next two years and as with all aspects of the Scholarship Programme, there will be links made with some of the other issues they examine. 

Karl Popper

Karl Popper is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the twentieth century. He was also a social and political philosopher of considerable stature, a self-professed critical-rationalist, a dedicated opponent of all forms of scepticism and relativism in science and in human affairs generally and a committed advocate and staunch defender of the “Open Society”.